To return or not return?

What do Slovaks living and working in Ireland say about the possibility of moving back to Slovakia?

The next edition of Work in Slovakia – Good Idea! event will focus on health-care workers.The next edition of Work in Slovakia – Good Idea! event will focus on health-care workers. (Source: SME)

Faced with brain-drain some eastern European countries have tried various schemes to attract back their citizens who moved abroad. My home country Romania has a scheme offering starting capital of up to €40,000 to those Romanians wishing to come back and open a business in any locality. Apparently about 3,500 people were interested in applying last year, most of them scared by Brexit.

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The food service industry is first in regards to areas in which returning Romanians would like to launch their business, followed by IT and the creative industry. Just in case you are wondering, Romania is hemorrhaging doctors and nurses and it needs them back badly more than any other group of emigrants. I mean back in hospitals and not running a pub (there is no shortage of pubs and restaurants in Romania, by the way).

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Slovak authorities want to lure back their fellow skilled Slovaks living abroad. Faced with a shortage of IT experts in the Slovak market, the companies gathered under the umbrella of the Slovak IT Association have initiated a project called “Work in Slovakia – Good Idea!”’, supported by the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation. In January it organized its first job fair in London, which was attended by 127 people – “with 3 to 7 of them already in various phases of the recruitment process”, according to organisers.

Another job fair is scheduled for May 18 at the Slovak Embassy in Dublin. This time health-care personnel should have been targeted, but by the time this text was published the Slovak Health Ministry had yet to offer some details in this respect, including an estimate on how many Slovak doctors and nurses work in Ireland.

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