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Supporting the Next Generation of the Irish Diaspora

Report of a Research Project Funded by the Emigrant Support Programme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The University College Dublin Clinton Institute for American Studies is pleased to announce the publication of exciting new research on the topic of the Irish diaspora. More and more, states are seeking to understand the form and functions of diasporas and engage with them to provide new opportunities for knowledge transfer, tourism, conflict resolution, and many other matters. In the context of these emerging interests, Ireland has some prominence as a small nation with an over seventy million strong diaspora. The Irish government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of its engagement with the Irish abroad. This research report scopes the changing profile and needs of Irish emigrants in relation to the Government’s strategic objectives in engaging with the diaspora, particularly through the ESP, and considers how best these objectives may continue to be met.

To read the full report, please click here.

It is of note that several CIIC Board Members, as well as their respective center staff, are acknowledged at the close of the document for their input and support of this research project.