Record numbers as 40,000 young Irish emigrate to Australia
Huge wave of Irish immigrants echoes country's colonial past
Orlaith Sheill is a counsellor who decided to stay in Australia after she first came for a backpacking holiday. She described the struggles Irish immigrants experience trying to build a life so far from home.
"Psychologically, the impact of migration is huge, the feeling that you don't have a choice versus gratitude that you can have a fresh start," she said.
"We cannot underestimate the guilt at saying goodbye, both for those who leave and for those who stay.
"We're a very loyal people and to leave is disloyal and that is a hard burden to carry," she said.
"You just get fed up. You're not getting anywhere in life."
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