If returning is worst than leaving

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2013.06.07

Irish return immigrants have alcohol problems or suffer marginalisation, a recent report by the ESRI highlighted. According to figures, 15 per cent of immigrants have alcohol problems, against 7.5 per cent of men who had stayed in Ireland. And that’s not all. Over 55 per cent of the first group are victims of social exclusion and isolation, with a national average below 30 per cent.  What is the reason? According to experts, this mainly depends on economic circumstances and long-standing psychological and social problems. So that over 16 per cent of return immigrants had left their land to escape childhood traumas, including physical and sexual abuse.

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