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Niall Foley - Moving Abroad

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Moving Abroad provides the reader with information so they can choose the right country for their new home.

Moving Abroad covers destinations such as:

. America
. Continental Europe
. UK
. Hong Kong
. Australia
. New Zealand

It also gives an overview of the destinations:

. Health care
. Education
. Social Security
. Taxation
. Employment
. Banking & Finance
. Accommodation
. Property Market
. Utilities
. Driving
. Provides useful websites

According to CSO figures published in April 2009 Ireland is at its highest emigration rate since 1995.

2009 CSO figures show that of the 65,100 people who emigrated, East European nationals were the largest group, accounting for 30,100. Irish nationals were the second-largest group at 18,400.
With 423,639 people unemployed (stats from September 2009) - more and more people are looking at options to move abroad.

Niall Foley
. Niall Foley is originally from London but moved to Dublin in 2000 to study broadcasting at DIT.
. He loves to travel and has worked in Northern France and New York.
. He is moving to Scotland tomorrow.

Why did you decide to write this book?
I was actually asked by the publishers to write the book. Someone I know knew that I knew a lot about immigration as I had written a report on Immigration and because my parents emigrated. I moved back to Ireland in 2000 and my parents moved back in the late 90's.

Have you travelled a lot?
I worked in Northern France and New York.

Does the Irish attitude to emigration differ to other countries?
Yes, the Irish are used to it - it's a part of our history. We tend to have a more positive attitude to it than other countries. We are also quite tight - where if an Irish person moves abroad other Irish people rally around them. Irish people tend to put themselves out there a good bit more than other countries. Ireland has got great links with loads of countries like America, Europe and Australia because so many people emigrated in the past.

Before you go you should think long and hard about is this something you want to do. Will it suit you to be away from your family? Don't have rose tinted glasses on - some people decide they want to move away when they are on holiday but holidays are a very different thing to the reality of living abroad. However, moving abroad can be very exciting.

What you need to do/know if you want to move to Continental Europe:
. A network called - Eures - is a European network between European States that helps you find work before you go.
. Get a European Health Card that will entitle you to heath insurance.
. Go to the social Welfare office as you may be entitled to payments while you start your new life abroad.
. They use a different voltage
. In Spain water usage is monitored.
. There is no TV Licence in Spain.
. In Europe they drive on the right side. Depending on your job some trades need a local licence so get in touch with your local office.
. In France there are 7 bands on the tax system. You will need to pay into the French social security system via a tax on your income.
. In France the school calendar runs from September to mid-July.
. In Italy once you have been living there for 3 months you must obtain a residence certificate from the local town hall's registry office.
. In Italy you need a tax code in order to register a car, pay bills, to start employment and to benefit from the health system.
. A lot of people tend to go to Europe to teach English.
. Good website is - European Citizen Action Services.

What you need to do/know if you want to move to America:
. It's so hard to get into it but you can go on a green card, a J1 visa and there's a new visa you can get if you have just finished college in order to go for a year.
. Some occupations are needed in the states - I know a stonemason who got a few years in the States as they were lacking in that skill.
. You'll need your own health insurance.
. They drive on the right side of the road.
. Your social security number is important as you'll need it to start work.
. With regards education your child will be tested to determine what class/grade they will be put into.

What you need to do/know if you want to move to Australia
. The Australian Department of Immigration's website is
. You can go on a 12 month holiday visa .
. Some parts of Australia are looking for teachers, accountants, doctors.
. Whatever visa you apply for, there are health check and character check requirements.
. School terms run from late January or early February to December.
. You can use your Irish licence for the first 3 months but if you change your licence to an Australian one you won't have to do a test. Otherwise, after 3 months you'll need a license issued by the State of Authority where you live.
. A recent article has said that Western Australia is looking for teachers, quantity surveyors, computer professionals and nurses are all in demand. In New South Wales they are looking for accountants and engineering and farming and medical backgrounds. It's useful to check what they want first - but demands frequently change.
. The other thing about Australia is that you are very far away and that's important to think about as you won't be able to go home and visit as often as you might like.

What are most frequent mistakes people make when moving abroad?
. They don't have all the paperwork in order.
. Some people think that living abroad that the streets will be painted of gold. Have a realistic attitude.

Top Tips:
. Make sure your qualifications are recognized. You should get yourself on the framework and you can get all these details from the NQAI. This is very beneficial because sometimes it's hard to translate your level of expertise but this document will make your qualification recognized worldwide.
. Make sure you have up to date CV's and interview clothes.
. Try to arrange interviews before you go.
. There will be culture shocks so try to prepare yourself first before you go
. Join clubs as you'll meet loads of new people.
. There is usually an Irish community close by and try to get familiar with them as they will show you all the places or services you will need.
. Sort out your paperwork before you go. Try to sort out your taxes before you go.
. You'll be more employable if you move to places where less tourists go.
. Pick a country that suits your needs - weather, jobs, and social life. Get children involved.
. If there is going to be a language barrier - try to go for lessons before you go.
. Make sure you apply for the relevant visas. They can take some time.
. Keep an eye out for what each country wants e.g. some countries want Doctors while others want accountants.

Is there any difference between emigrating now than in the 80's or 50's?
In the past there was always an obvious place to go - USA, England and maybe Canada. Irish people have travelled so much already compared to back then. It used to be Australia in the last 10 years but now they have an influx of tourists and finding a job can be a little harder. Now people maybe decide to go for a year or two compared to the past when they were gone forever. It's also cheaper and easier to come home, to call home and to keep in touch.

Now I think people want to leave - they are sick of the recession talk and those who are working are working so hard.

Why are you emigrating to Scotland?
My girlfriend is moving to Scotland as she has a good job. I have a few things lined up and I'd like a change.