The Irish have had a long history of emigration to Britain and over the years various services have been put in place to assist with the transition. Finding employment, accommodation and a social life are all challenging aspects of life for immigrants in Britain.
On 28 August 1989 the Irish in Britain Directory was launched by the Brent Irish Advisory Service. In 1988 the Brent Irish Advisory Service dealt with over 8,000 queries from Irish immigrants to Britain. These related mainly to issues of housing, employment or welfare. The new directory is intended as a comprehensive guide that will answer a number of the most common questions faced by immigrants.
The service recommends the establishment of a pre-emigration advice service in Ireland to help prepare emigrants for what lies ahead.
Geraldine Vesey, Information Officer with the Brent Irish Advisory Service, also recommends the need for a pre-migration service.
Also at the launch are John Bruton TD, and Proinsias De Rossa, TD MEP.
The Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS) was set up in 1978 and set out to improve the position of the Irish community in Brent. The service promotes opportunity, social integration, independence and equality amongst the immigrant community in London.
This RTÉ News report by Lorna Donlon was broadcast on 28 August, 1989.