Today, The Irish Times launches Generation Emigration, a conversation – on the web and in print – with Ireland’s mobile citizens, wherever they may be in the world Introducing the project, its curator CIARA KENNY looks at how the internet has made the world a smaller, cosier place for emigrants...
Maybe we might need a Semigration thread thread too?
Last year I read a story about a guy who was travelling from Cork to Belfast twice weekly for work. He explained that he was desperate to pay off mounting bills at home and would try anything to alleviate the situation, so he had no choice but to make this extreme commute. Over the course of the next 6 months, it became apparent that he wasn’t the only one travelling a long distance for work. We’re all aware of the deluge of migrants heading to Australia and North America right now, but there’s a whole other brand of Irish who can’t find work locally, yet have too many ties to pack up and leave Ireland entirely. A growing number of these are finding work elsewhere, whether it be the UK or further afield, but are returning on a routine basis. For this collective, the term semigrant has been coined. http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/generat ... spiration/
The Commute is on RTE 1 tonight at 9:30. Actually I'll stick that in the Bubble TV thread too later on.
Personally I know a guy, bought in his home county of Roscommon about 3 years ago now. He's a qualified secondary school teacher but could only find work in North Dublin, resulting in a car trip to the train station and then two trains and a bit of a walk to and from work every day.