Northwest MEP says more support needed for emigrants

Marian Harkin MEP
Marian Harkin MEP

A North West MEP says a Junior Minister should be given specific responsibilities for supporting emigrants.

Marian Harkin, who this week launched a National Youth Council report on emigration says emigrants must be supported before they leave, and encouraged to return to Ireland when circumstances improve and there is a need for their skills and expertise.

In particular, she says, there is a need for a one stop shop web portal which can guide emigrants through what can be a very difficult process.

Ms Harkin says there's been a trend in the past of forgetting about emigrants once they have gone......