100,000 expected to emigrate in the next 2 years
The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) predicts stark emigration forecast that will be worse than emigration in the 1980s with an expected 100,000 to leave in the next two years - at approximately an average of 1,000 a week.
The Central Statistics office in Ireland show a net outward migration from 7,800 in April 2009 to 34,500 in April 2010. Overall migration of Irish nationals increased from 18,400 in April 2009 to 27,700 in 2010.
The main destination for those emigrating last year was the UK, with 14,000 moving there.
More Canadian working holiday visas for the Irish
With last year's quota of 4,000 working holiday visas complete filled, prospective Irish emigrants will be glad to hear that an extra 1,000 visas have been allocated to Ireland, bring the Irish quota up to 5,000.
There is also the opportunity for and Irish person under 35 to apply for a second one-year visa.
You can apply for your 2011 visas now at the International Experience Canada (IEC) page: