The holiday season has a unique way of tugging at the heartstrings, especially for Irish emigrants. While it is undeniably a time of joy, with twinkling lights abound and merriment in pubs and sitting rooms as loved ones gather, it can bring up difficult emotions. Whether you are visiting or missing Ireland (see homesickness resources here), Christmas can prompt reflection on where you want to call home.
To support the diaspora community in navigating the many nuances of this question, throughout December Crosscare Irish Diaspora Support Project is running a Home for Christmas? campaign, highlighting information and resources on returning to Ireland. In line with non-judgmental approach, this campaign does not encourage nor dissuade return; rather it aims to empower Global Irish to make informed migration decisions in their own best interest.
Follow along on our social media channels (we are on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter/X) for helpful tips for Irish abroad, and read on to learn more about our Home for Christmas events, guides, webinars, and more.
Home for Christmas Coffee Morning
Home for the holidays and thinking of returning to Ireland? You are invited to our Home For Christmas Coffee Morning! Stop by our Dublin 7 office on Friday, 15 December (10:30am – 12pm) for a cup of cheer as we celebrate the season, meet others making the move, and get your questions answered. We will also be joined by our Returning to Ireland Forum colleagues at the Citizens Information Board, Safe Home Ireland, and the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO).
This event is free and open to all, but advance registration is required here.
If you are unable to attend, not to worry! Schedule a free virtual coffee chat at a time that suits you throughout the month of December by emailing us here.
Returning to Ireland Web Resources at diasporasupport.ie
Our Returning to Ireland hub here on diasporasupport.ie is here to support you as you contemplate or plan a move home, regardless of your circumstances. This section offers general information and an overview of available supports, covering accommodation, healthcare, employment, social welfare (including habitual residence), and more. You can also find situation-specific resources to guide you through returning with children, non-Irish family, and other scenarios.
Just as Santa is busy making a list and checking it twice, we have also prepared a Returning to Ireland Essential Documents Checklist to help you prepare for a move home.
In addition to a wealth of written resources, you can also watch back our webinars, covering topics such as returning with a non-Irish spouse or partner, returning from the EU, and returning with children. Be sure to keep an eye on our events page or subscribe to our newsletter for announcements on upcoming events that may also be of interest.
Our blog section also features stories from those who have made the journey home, including moving reflections from James Parnell on grief and never settling. You can also find our podcast feature on From My Home To Yours, where we discuss returning at length with recent returnees.
For more information related to returning to Ireland, check out the following resources:
- Citizens Information Board is the Irish statutory body tasked with providing information and advice on a wide range of services and topics throughout the Republic of Ireland, has excellent resources for Irish citizens abroad considering or planning a move home in their Returning to Ireland section. Find everything from returning with pets, customs, bringing your vehicle to Ireland, and more
- Safe Home Ireland supports returning emigrants through their advice and information service, as well as undertaking outreach/home-visiting and assisting qualifying older Irish emigrants with housing
- Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) assists Irish citizens incarcerated abroad and their families, including those being deported or returning to Ireland
- Back for Business fosters entrepreneurship among returning Irish emigrants
- Irish Diaspora Directory lists Irish organisations around the world for guidance near you
Contact Us – Here to Help
Feel free to get in touch with our team at anytime with questions about leaving Ireland, living abroad, or making the move back by filling out our contact form, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling +353 (0)1 891 3050. We are here to support you.
Regardless of where you may find yourself this holiday season, we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas!