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Economic reasons why people may leave Northern Ireland

Updated: Nov 1, 2020


There are many economic reasons why people leave Northern Ireland. There may be:

limited job opportunities in Northern Ireland, so they leave as there may be better job opportunities abroad or better opportunities to further their career.

higher salaries in another country, so people may leave Northern Ireland to get paid more for the job they are doing.

a better standard of living in another country means people from Northern Ireland may leave and enjoy better housing, education, healthcare and way of life in another country.

better career opportunities - people may leave Northern Ireland as there may be an opportunity for promotion in their career as a result of people working for multinational companies.


relocation of a business - a business may re-locate to another country and so people may have to move and leave Northern Ireland to keep their job.

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