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    No escape from recession, says college student

    By Noreen Bowden | December 15, 2008

    There’s no escape from the recession, writes a Dublin City University student in “The College View”, a campus publication. Sabrina Ryan notes that, “Emigration has been a dominant factor in Irish society over the past four centuries for many reasons including famine, job opportunity and more recently for the experience.

    That may be changing, she notes, as the traditional emigrant destinations of the US, Britain and Australia are also threatened by recession.

    Ryan interviews three emigrants:

    • a man who left from Mayo in 1971 to head for Cleveland, and who returned after a brief stay to take advantage of the improving conditions after Ireland joined the EU.
    • An undocumented immigrant living in the Bronx, who left for adventure and appreciates the life experience New York has given him.
    • A recently unemployed cabinet-maker who is planning to emigrate to Australia. His brother left for Dubai earlier this year.

    It’s an interesting insight into the emigrant experience of three different eras – made poignant by the fact that it’s written by a member of a generation that few would have believed would need to consider emigration as a matter of economic necessity.

    Related link:

    The College View: Au Revoir to Fair Ireland?

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