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60 percent more Irish head to Australia

Young Irish people are heading to Australia in record numbers, a new survey has revealed.

Irish consultants Australian Visa Specialists said it has recorded a 60pc increase in the number of people aged 18-31 this year who are looking to work and live in Australia.

Graduates aged 18-25 and redundant workers aged 25 to 31 comprise the two largest categories of young Irish people looking to emigrate or travel on backpacker and working holiday visas, a spokeswoman said.

"Some have just lost hope in Ireland or are moving to Australia for better job prospects and a better way of life," she said.

Belfast Telegraph