Many Irish emigrants in America vulnerable and need continuous support


Additionally, there remains a knowledge and awareness gap on the work of the ESP globally which should be rectified – both for the recognition of the work of the people driving the engagement in regions such as the U.S. and for the important support provided by the government.

Finally, I sincerely hope that the report will be have an impact in promoting the realisation that the vulnerable are part of the Irish diaspora and that they will remain at the core of the ESP work in the United States.

* Martin Russell is an associate of Diaspora Matters, a consultancy company based in Dublin that advises governments, companies, organisations and individuals on how to develop strategies and programmes to connect with their diasporas. He can be contacted at
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