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09th Jan 2024

Over 21,000 Irish citizens granted working holiday visas to Australia, double from the previous year


By Katy Thornton.

There was a 105.2% increase in grants permitted.

It will come as no surprise to the young people in this country that last year saw the largest amount of people emigrating to Australia. Most of us could have deduced this by our dwindling friend groups, and Instagram showcasing the location tag Melbourne more often than it reads Ireland.

As first reported by The Sunday Times, the Australian Department of Home Affairs reported that there were 21,525 work holiday permits granted to Irish citizens between July 2022 and July 2023, which is over double the amount from the same period the year before.

According to the Australian migration trends report, three countries collectively amounted to 38.6% of all Working Holiday Maker visa grants in 2022–23, and these were the UK with 38,177 grants (17%), France with 26,896 grants (12%), and Ireland with 21,525 grants (9.6%).

Ireland was also listed as one of the countries with a notable increase in grants permitted between 2022 and 2023, and 2021 and 2022.

They came third after the UK and France again, up 11,054 grants, and seeing an 105.2% increase from 2021-2022.

Taiwan came just below Ireland as a notable country when it came to an increase in grants permitted, up 10,386 grants (202%) on the 5,142 grants in 2021–2022.

As the housing and cost of living crisis have been getting worse in the last five years, so has the rate of young people emigrating to Australia grown in search of a better quality of life.

(This article was originally published on and is republished here with permission.)

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