Irish people should do their research and be prepared before they emigrate to Australia, according to Dundalk woman Monica Zadro (nee Heaney), who heads the Louth Sydney Association in Oz.
Monica’s worries come after community group’s claims that the number of newly-arrived Irish making desperate calls to emigrant support associations is on the rise.
Australia’s Irish newspaper, the Irish Echo, reported how the majority of calls are relating to the shortage of work or money, while others are much more sinister.
“I have heard more blood curdling stories this week from both the Australian Irish Chamber as well as the Irish Chaplain,” said Monica while speaking to The Dundalk Democrat this week, “I encourage anyone emigrating from Louth to register their details and their family contact details with The Sydney County Louth Association so we can support them.
“This is the reality and the reason why it is so important to get the message across. I was shocked to find out that young people are allowed to come out on a one way ticket.
“How can the Government allow this? We need stricter regulations as I have been advocating for some time now.”
Monica, who is from Dundalk but has lived in Australia for a number of years, said that young people need to come to terms with the “Australian Dream”.
She said: “They certainly come here thinking they can pick up a job like low hanging fruit. It’s not like that here anymore.
“Aussies are no longer lazy. So the long and the short of it is come prepared and look for work beforehand, hold on to your money till you get a job.
“Do not consider this country as party land.”
Tom Quinn from the Claddagh Association expressed his frustration at the lack of preparation made by younger Irish landing in Perth.
“One man called us on Good Friday. He arrived here three weeks before with $3,000 in his pocket and he thought it was going to last forever. He just made some bad decisions and he had spent it all already.”