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Considering a move to Ireland from the United States? Thanks to our global Irish partners at the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers and the Irish Diaspora Center (Philadelphia), you can now watch a comprehensive webinar series on-demand on all things moving to Ireland to help you prepare.

Held September 2023 – June 2024, Moving to Ireland was designed as an interactive seminar series for people contemplating a move to Ireland, Irish and otherwise. The monthly series consisted of ten information sessions on various topics related to moving to Ireland from the United States, including:

  • Financial considerations
  • Where to start (research)
  • Healthcare
  • Personal anecdotes and building a social network
  • Employment
  • Education access
  • Immigration factors
  • Housing and packing logistics
  • Retirement

We were honoured to contribute to two sessions, along with our colleagues from Citizens Information and Crosscare Migrant Project. The first session we participated in (held in October 2023) was titled ‘Where to Start – Research’ and offered an overview of available information resources for people making the move and initial considerations. You can watch the full session below.

In collaboration with Crosscare Migrant Project Manager Richard King, Crosscare Irish Diaspora Support Project Leader Sarah Owen also shared her expertise to the ‘Immigration Factors’ session in February, lending our expertise on supporting Irish citizens navigating the Irish immigration process with non-Irish family members. You can watch back the full presentation below.

Congratulations to our American-based colleagues on putting together a successful series that will undoubtedly be a tremendous resource for anyone looking to move to Ireland – we were grateful to be involved. To access recordings and materials from other sessions in the Moving to Ireland series, click here. 

About the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers

The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the USA at a national level. The Coalition is funded through the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme.

The Coalition serves as a national umbrella organization representing Irish immigration centres throughout the United States that are committed to providing support to Irish immigrants. The Coalition strives to be a strong, cohesive and representative voice for the needs of its member centres, and in turn the greater community of Irish immigrants in the USA. The Coalition prioritises the sharing of information and the creation of best practices as a way to support and assist its member centres in their direct service work. Coalition members include Aisling Irish Community Center (New York), Emerald Isle Immigration Center (New York), Irish Community Services (Chicago), Irish Diaspora Center (Philadelphia), Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (San Francisco), The Irish Outreach Center (San Diego), Irish Pastoral Centre (Boston), New York Irish Center, Rian Immigrant Center (Boston), and Seattle Irish Immigrant Support. You can find contact details for these centres in our Irish Diaspora Directory.

To learn more, visit their website at https://ciic-usa.org/.

About the Irish Diaspora Center

A member of the Coalition, the Irish Diaspora Center (formerly the Irish Immigration Center) has been serving the needs of the Irish and Irish-American communities in the Philadelphia region since 1998. The Irish Diaspora Center works with the government of Ireland and other Irish organisations throughout the US. to act as a voice for Irish Philadelphia on both national and international levels.

The Irish Diaspora Center aims to strengthen the local Irish community and promote Irish culture and identity by providing direct support services and resources to individuals, groups, and other local Irish organisations. Their services include:

  • Irish passport and citizenship

  • Free legal immigration clinic

  • Senior outreach

  • Foróige youth club

  • Educational and cultural events

  • Wellness and mental health support

To learn more, go to https://www.icphila.org/.

Additional Resources

Crosscare Irish Diaspora Support Project is dedicated to supporting Irish citizens both emigrating from and returning to Ireland. If you are an Irish citizen returning to Ireland from the USA, the following resources may be helpful:

If you have specific questions or need support, we are here to help. Please contact us here or by emailing irishdiasporasupport@crosscare.ie.

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