Irish migrant workers finding the grass isn't greener in Birmingham job hunts

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IRISH workers leaving their homeland in search of a better life in Birmingham have been forced to return after finding there are no jobs in the city.


Digbeth-based charity Irish in Birmingham said a number of workers emigrating across the Irish Sea were arriving unprepared in the city or finding promises of work had fallen through.


Chief executive Hugh Tibbits said the organisation had seen rising numbers of young workers asking for help to find short-term accommodation or advice on how to get home.


He said: “There had been a marked increase in emigration from Ireland as there is from other European countries and one
of the destinations is
Birmingham.


“We’ve seen an increase in the number of young people landing on our doorstep without work or means. On the sharp end of things, we’re seeing people come over with the promise of work which then fails to materialise.”


Mr Tibbits said Irish government figures showed around 40,000 people left the country last year with a third heading to Britain.


However, with London being the most popular destination, he said Birmingham – while seeing a noticeable increase – had not faced a flood of job-seekers.


“These particular referrals are very much one-off calls to us looking for advice on short-term accommodation or advice on how to get home because they’ve found there’s just nothing here.


“Our message is clear; there are ways of finding things out before you come, so look at the situation.”


As well as the current state of the UK economy, Mr Tibbits added changes in Birmingham’s industrial make-up had also made it harder for those searching for manual work.


“In the 50s and 60s we saw more immigration from Ireland to Britain. The difference now is that we’re all in the same boat.”
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