Voluntary & Involuntary Migration – a Personal Perspective

The motivations to move from one's home country are variedand individual-specific, ranging from seeking work (employment), to wanting to see theworld (adventure/exploration), to escaping a broken relationship (escapism/newbeginning), and more besides. It is far from uni-dimensional, which poses difficulties in the migration discourse, with some quarters advocating the positive lifestyle opportunities of voluntary migration, and others lamenting the brain drain and misery caused by involuntary migration. I myself lived in Germany and France for almost nine years, having left voluntarily (followed my partner) and remained for lifestyle reasons (we were both living and working abroad during the boom years in Ireland!). We returned to Ireland voluntarilyover six years ago for family reasons. The Continue reading here [...]