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Graduates in Dublin protest the lack of employment and need to emigrate by the Famine Ship, Jeanie Johnston in Dublin

Ireland's 'Brain Drain' worse than 1989 as unemployment continues to rise

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Graduates in Dublin protest the lack of employment and need to emigrate by the Famine Ship, Jeanie Johnston in Dublin

The net outward migration from Ireland has topped all records since 1989 as unemployment reaches 13.2 percent. It is estimated now that almost 5,000 Irish emigrate from Ireland every month.

During the period from January to April 2010 at least 65,300 left Ireland. The Irish Central Statistics Office's (CSO) report has shown that the there was an increase in net outward migration from 7,800 in April 2009 to 34,500 this year, taking into account the decreased number of immigrants entering Ireland.

The CSO's study found that 42 percent of those who emigrated from Ireland were Irish. In the first four months of last year 18,400 Irish emigrated. This year 27,700 Irish emigrated during the same period.

The figures also showed the number of people employed in Ireland continues to fall, with a sharp rise in the number of people classed as "long-term" unemployed. Those in "long-term" unemployment now stands at 5.9 percent while 13.2 percent of the overall population are now unemployed.

Construction employment took the largest hit over the last couple of years. Since 2007 the number of people employed in the building industry has dropped by 54 percent.

As the young continue to flee Ireland for Australia, Canada, the United States and the U.K. the Youthwork Ireland are calling on the government to create training and education for young people in Ireland to attempt to stop the 'brain drain'.

Michael McLoughlin, spokesperson for the group said "There isn’t enough education and training places there. That only leads to one place - and that's to emigration."

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