This week the CSO published figures of Ireland’s 2010 migration patterns. We are seeing the highest levels of net migration (that’s the difference between those coming and going) since 1989.
64k people emigrated last year, the biggest change being in the number of Irish nationals emigrating (up 55% in a single year).
I was in Dublin airport yesterday at 5.45am, and the place was absolutely jammed, with queues of people snaking towards the departure gates.
Maybe what I saw were people heading off for fab holidays and weekends away (only looking gloomy because of the uncivilised hour). But I was left with the thought that enforced emigration is depressing enough, having to leave the country before the sun even rises – unimaginable!