The Irish are now better than they were before the Brexit vote
The Irish Republic, which has never been particularly welcoming of its neighbors, is becoming more hospitable to Irish-Americans and other foreign citizens as a result of Brexit, Irish officials say.
The Irish government has begun a review of how to improve relations with other nations after Brexit, with the Irish Republic now the second-most-popular destination for Irish-American and other migrants.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Monday he would soon publish a draft bill to boost ties with foreign nations, including Britain, the United States and Australia, as well as Canada, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
The country was a staunch U.S. ally after World War II, and Irish- Americans, many of whom came in droves after the fall of the Berlin Wall, have been living in the United Kingdom since the early 1990s.
The legislation will be presented to the Irish parliament in the coming weeks, said Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan, who met with Irish- American leaders on Monday.
It will address how the Irish government can best encourage and support the Irish-born American population, Flanagan said.
“We will do everything we can to facilitate their access to our countries, particularly when they are trying to move around Europe,” Flanagan added.
He said that “the Irish government is working with its counterparts in other countries to support Irish-based entrepreneurs and businesses in Ireland to grow.”
The Irish Republic has never sought out other nations to welcome immigrants or offer help, Flanigan said.
The government is focusing on providing incentives and financial support to encourage Irish-British citizens to settle in Ireland.
Irish officials said Monday that more than 50,000 people from Britain, Ireland, Canada, the U.K. and other nations are expected to move to the country over the next year as a part of a “massive migration.”