With the percentage of jobless households hitting 22 per cent in Louth equating to approximately 8,500 experts predict spike in the numbers of Irish emigrating to Canada in 2013.
Recent changes to the Canadian Working Holiday Visa program (WHV) coupled with the fast approaching date for the opening of next year’s quotas has led to an unprecedented demand in the number of Irish applicants looking for Canadian visas.
According to Edwina Shanahan, Migration Expert with www.visafirst.com, “The numbers looking to apply for Canadian working visas nearly equal to those for Australia – which has never happened before.
“There are a growing number of Irish people that are willing to travel for work due to unemployment. Many of these people feel that Australia is too far – and so are choosing Canada instead”.
Edwina went on to say, “We are finding that more and more of the applicants for this programme are family people going out to work on their own either with the intention of bringing the family over at a later date or of commuting to Ireland a few times a year.
To qualify for the WHV you have to be between the ages of 18-36 and with over 138,000 people of this age group in Louth we believe that popularity for the visa will soar in the county”.