How’s that for an expat here? Truth revealed as Ireland ranks among worst-rated countries

The prospect of rain and the high cost of living may be the biggest deterrents for residents of Ireland, but what is it like to live here if you come from abroad?

According to a new survey, Ryland ranks 38th overall and ranks among the worst in quality of life (46th) and personal finance (49th).

Internations, the online expatriate community, published its Expat Insider 2022 survey, which focused on living and working abroad.

To this end, there were approximately 12,000 survey respondents, each representing 177 different nationalities.

The survey found that people living abroad in Ireland struggle with their finances and health care more than other countries, with 64 percent of people happy with their lives, compared to the global average of 71 percent.

However, Ireland ranked third on the Working Abroad Index, making it one of the top destinations. What exactly were the career prospects and work culture for the respondents.

The survey also found that the top sector for workers coming to Ireland was IT, with an average income of $25,000–$50,000 (€25,000–€50,000).

Mexico ranks as the top country for expatriates, so we spoke to Mexican immigrants working and living in Ireland to find out what they thought about coming to our Emerald Isle from the number one country in the survey. How do you feel?

Patricia Gemez García: ‘It’s a safe environment to raise a family’

Patricia Gemez García (49), an IT software engineer from Hermosillo, Mexico, has lived in Ireland since 2001. She states that Ireland “offers the possibilities of professional development, education and a safe environment for raising a family”.


Patricia Gemez Garcia married a Wicklow man

“In 2000, during the Celtic Tiger, there were many opportunities for IT professionals in Ireland to take up jobs, especially in the software industry. I moved from Mexico to the city of Tipperary, then I moved to Cork where I spent the last 21 years with Amazon and Otterbox. I am working for big companies like. I too married a Wicklow man 13 years ago.”

According to Ms Garcia, she is surprised that Ireland ranks 38th in the survey, underlining that she “found Ireland easier to develop your professional career in IT, as your professional knowledge and experience is highly valued in Ireland”. Is”.

Adolfo Garcia: ‘People in Ireland are more accepting of diversity of people’

Adolfo García (47), an electronics engineer from Monterrey, Mexico, who has lived in Ireland since 2008, was not as surprised by Ireland’s ranking.


Mexican expatriate Adolfo García in the city of Cork. Photo: Darragh McSweeney/Provisioning

“I think it’s a low ranking, but it may be right because of the housing issue,” he said.

“I moved to Ireland in March 2008 because my company had offices in Ireland in Mexico and I wanted my sons to live in an English speaking country.

“People in Ireland are more accepting of diversity of people than they were back in 2008. There are plenty of opportunities for work-wise IT roles and age is not a factor here – whereas in Mexico the older you get the more It is difficult to get a job related to your field.

Martha Lopez Miranda: ‘You can’t be guaranteed to do well as a Mexican in Ireland’

Martha López Miranda (37), a local engineer from Sonora, Mexico, has been living in Ireland for six years to accommodate for her husband’s job.

She says that “people deep down are alike, as we share the same warm, creative and happy society that is based on family values”.

But in Ireland that success and comfort depend on the diaspora.

“I don’t think it’s for everyone. Everyone’s journey is different, and you’re not guaranteed to do well in Ireland as a Mexican unless you meet certain characteristics and conditions.” can be given,” she said.

“The Mexican diaspora will have to be very patient, wait and work twice, or sometimes even triple, to get the same social and economic benefits as a European.

“Similarly the economic cost/benefit is covered by the fact that the immediate family is far away and the tour becomes very expensive.

“Having your own family also becomes very complicated because you don’t have any kind of support, whether it’s emotional or just a hand with the kids.”

Carla Bernabeu: ‘It’s serious if you don’t have a place to live’

Carla Bernabeu, a psychologist who has lived in Ireland for five years, believes Ireland is a “very welcoming and a peaceful place to live”, but the housing crisis is getting in the way.

“I think nowadays with housing crisis, pandemic and economy, the whole world is in panic and it is a very serious situation if you do not have a place to live, which is part of the basic needs of a human being. People will have to decide to move to another country and that is very sad because Ireland has a lot of opportunities.

Overall, the top three destinations for migrant life in 2022 are Mexico (1st), Indonesia (2nd) and Taiwan (3rd). The last three were Hong Kong (50th), New Zealand (51st) and Kuwait (52nd).