Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss merits of Emigrant Register

September 30th, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade meets tomorrow with representatives from the Crosscare Migrant Project to consider the benefits of an Emigrant Register to facilitate greater connection between the State and Irish emigrants abroad.

The Project is one of the programmes of Crosscare, the social care agency of the Dublin Archdiocese and it is part funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen says: “The Crosscare Migrant Project provides a valuable information and advocacy service to intending Irish emigrants and returning Irish emigrants. Earlier this year, they called for an electronic Emigrant Register to better connect to Irish emigrants abroad with the developing labour market in Ireland. While digital technology has undoubtedly connected the recent wave of emigrants who have left Ireland with their families as never before, they probably feel disconnected from State services unless they return home. The representatives tomorrow are expected to argue that an electronic register would have particular merits, including providing the platform with which to engage with emigrants directly about job vacancies and emerging skills needs in the Irish labour market.”

The meeting commences tomorrow Wednesday 1 October at 2:30 pm in Committee Room 1, LH 2000. It can be viewed online here: