Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss challenges, barriers that face returning Irish emigrants

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The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence will discuss the challenges and barriers that face returning Irish emigrants on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Scheduled witnesses include

  • Chief Executive Karen McHugh from the emigrant support service Safe Home Ireland,
  • Danielle McLaughlin, policy officer for the Crosscare Migrant Project, and
  • Ciara Kirrane, information and policy officer for the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas.

“Irish people who have lived abroad for many years may hold dreams of resettling back home one day, but the reality often means difficult searches for employment and housing as well as restricted access to state supports,” said Committee Chairman Brendan Smith TD. “The Committee will hear a range of perspectives on these difficulties and seek to identify possible remedies.”

The meeting in Committee Room 1 can be viewed live here.

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