In County Donegal, Ireland, “funeral wakes” abound.
Not for the dead, but instead for émigrées.
As reported by Al Jazeera, young Irishmen are being forced to find work abroad.
Unable to locate a teaching job in his home country, 34 year-old Irish émigrée Donnan Harvey has resorted to accepting work in Nigeria.
“It’s absolutely soul-destroying,” he says. “That you want to work in your own country at your chosen profession, but you find that all the doors are shut.”
A result of Ireland’s bailed-out economic crisis – which mirrors that of the U.S. – Donnan is among 75,000 leaving the country this year to find work in other parts of the world.
This year sees Irish emigration at its highest level since the 1980’s.
Laments Donnan’s father, “I’ve paid taxes all my life…but the government has sold us down the river. They’ve sold this country completely down the river.”
Like all of Europe’s debt-ridden economy, Ireland needs growth to create jobs for future generations. The same may be said, now, for many countries around the globe.
How has the global economic crisis affected your home country?
Do you see a light at the end of the tunnel?