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Ireland’s decision to request emergency aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund this week may stabilize its economy, but will likely do little to bolster the country’s mood.

Ireland’s decision to request emergency aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund this week may stabilize its economy, but will likely do little to bolster the country’s mood.

Many of its citizens see the writing on the wall: With fewer job opportunities, many young professionals are looking to Canada, Australia and the United States for work, and are willing to leave their homeland to get it.

Which raises the possibility of a sweeping second wave of Irish immigrants in America.

Siobhan Dennehy, president of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in New York, said she’s seen a rise in the number of Irish immigrants to the U.S. over the past nine months, culminating in a 25 percent increase in October, year-over-year.

Although it’s difficult to predict just how many Irish men and women will be traveling to America looking for employment, she said, the demographics are skewing younger, with some families in the mix.

In any case, she added, the influx of Irish “is going to continue.”

 
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