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Thursday's Hot Topic: Does the US Green Card system mean the US loses out on bright and educated Irish immigrants?

Ireland’s economic collapse has forced Ireland to reenter a period of mass emigration once more.

The majority of Irish students plan on emigrating, according to a new survey, and this year 75,000 more Irish people are expected to leave Ireland for the foreseeable future.

They will travel to the UK, Australia, Canada, and the five corners of the globe, but setting up a new life in the United States is nearly impossible due to visa regulations.

The J-Visa for the recently graduated only lasts for one year and following that, finding sponsorship for a visa is difficult and costly.

Is the United States shooting itself in the foot?

Are they foolish to let all these educated young Irish slip through their hands?

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