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17 Reasons Why Americans Should Immigrate to Ireland

Updated on July 10, 2014

America is in big, big trouble. I think we all know that by now. So for a very long time I have been researching, considering and weighing the pros and cons of immigrating to another country. Sure, I love America and I would miss it and I know that there are myriads of arguments from those who will stay and fight the good fight. But, in my heart I feel that we would be fighting a losing battle. So for a long time I have looked and looked for a country to call my own, a country that even though I wasn't born there I would die there. A country of choice rather than birth. The following are 17 reasons why I think Ireland just might be that country.

  1. No Abortion: No blood on their hands from the innocent babies..unlike America. Also, there is no history of genocide or slavery like in America.

  2. English Speaking: It's hard enough moving to a foreign country when you know the language I can't imagine how difficult it would be if you didn't. Also, being able to communicate is essential for friendships and business relationships.

  3. Mild Climate: Not too cold, not too hot, staying between 39 and 60 degrees on average and they have all those wonderful rainbows with pots of gold underneath.

  4. Kicked out the Vatican Embassy! This was done most recently and really speaks well of the country as whole that they were able to confront and kick out this Goliath of an entity especially considering their history and identity with the Catholic Church. I love the fight in the Irish, if they can kick out the Vatican they can certainly give the rest of the New World Order a good licking!

  5. 6th Least Violent Country in the World: Safe streets and they don't have a prison industrial system unlike America who incarcerates 1 out of 100 people.

  6. 7th Freest Country in the World: The Heritage Foundation interprets economic freedom as “the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property”. This means that a person can start a business easily. In case you're wondering Hong Kong came in 1st.

  7. Wonderful culture: Wonderful music, art, dancing, castles and literature and let's not forget the leprechauns.

  8. Nice accent: While this may seem shallow, maybe even stupid, it is nice because listening to an accent that you don't like everyday can really be annoying, something akin to nails on a chalkboard. The Irish accent makes all speech sound poetic. Seriously, they could be cussing you out and it would sound nice.

  9. Close to the major city of London and the Continent: If you do ever need to go into the city London isn't that far and if you want to visit the rest of Europe you're just a hop, skip and a jump away. Heck, even New York is just across the pond!

  10. Plenty of Water: Water will be a very much sought out commodity in the future, wherever you go (especially if you want to be independent and possibly off the grid) water is essential and Ireland has plenty of it, no deserts there.

  11. No Property Taxes: Essential for true freedom and a real benefit if you want to live off-the-grid which is a goal of mine.

  12. They need and encourage entrepreneurs: Ireland has suffered from the world depression as well and a lot of people have left so they need people to come and start businesses.

  13. Ireland doesn't have earthquakes.

  14. The people are very friendly. I was there 30 years ago and I can personally attest to the wonderful character of the Irish people.

  15. Artists live tax free!

  16. If you are over 65 you get free bus and rail passes, an old age pension, a health support system, free telephone and subsidies for fuel.

  17. If you become an Irish citizen you do NOT have to give up your native citizenship but are automatically considered a dual citizen. However, your original country may not allow dual citizenship in which case you would have to give up your original citizenship.


Finally, here are a few interesting facts about Ireland just in case you are considering immigrating there.

  1. Ireland in no longer subject to the Queen of England and is a Republic.

  2. Ireland has been and continues to be neutral (like Switzerland) in regards to war.

  3. Ireland is not a member of NATO.

  4. There are no snakes at all in Ireland.

  5. A blood donation gets you one free pint of ale!

  6. You can become an Irish citizen after 3 years of marriage to an Irish citizen.

  7. You can become an Irish citizen after living in Ireland for 5 years.

  8. If you are of Irish descent you can become an Irish citizen without ever living in Ireland.

  9. Ireland is the same size as the state of Indiana.

  10. The population of Ireland is approximately 5.5 million, the population of Indiana is 6 million.

  11. Ireland has a long history of Cob Cottages, some going back as far as 500 years.

In the end, no place is perfect. Leaving the United States for some other country is a very personal decision requiring a lot of soul searching and research. But, one thing is for sure America is on a downward trajectory whether that means you should jump ship or ride out the storm is a decision only you can make.

Good luck and God Bless.

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    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      3 years ago from Manhattan

      Muslims are the scourge of the earth.

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      David 

      3 years ago

      No snakes in Ireland? No, but there are muslims, and the muslims have just said that the laws and culture of Ireland are compatible with islam. How long can the affable Irish withstand Mo's thugs? Not long, I wager. Google muslims in Ireland.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      4 years ago from Manhattan

      I know many Irish people who despise the Catholic church and you argument does not hold up regarding abortion because you could say the same thing about Islam (as you mentioned). By the way, Ireland just legalized abortion.

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      zekez 

      4 years ago

      Interestingly, Ireland's stance on abortion is the direct fruit of that institution you despise, namely the Catholic Church. You love the good fruits of the Church, but hate the Church itself. "You shall know them by their fruits". A good tree does not produce bad fruit. America does certainly have blood on it's hands. It would not be that way if it were a Catholic country instead of one that was fashioned after Martin Luther and Henry VIII's apostasy. Of all the countries in which abortion is illegal, nearly half are Catholic countries, nearly the other half are Muslim countries. Most of the rest are either Buddhist or Hindu. Protestant and communist countries are far down on the list, having the most liberal abortion laws. You shall know them by their fruits. As for the Irish "kicking out the Vatican Embassy", they did no such thing. The aforesaid embassy was in Rome, not Ireland, in the Villa Spada neighborhood just down the road from the Vatican. They merely withdrew their ambassador to the Holy See and replaced him with an "ambassador to Italy". There is currently a movement afoot in Ireland to reinstitute the ambassador to the Holy See, as there has been a public outcry from the Catholic citizenry. I cannot picture you living in Catholic Ireland. Even though they are currently angry with the Catholic Church, and deservedly so, they are still Catholic at heart. You would be miserable there.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "priley84", everyone should visit Ireland at least once in their lives.

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      priley84 

      5 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

      Very good article. I have often thought about moving there, especially after visiting there back in 2008. Voted Awesome and Up! :)

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for clearing that up Donal, good to know!

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      I live in Ireland the Government are not encouraging the young to leave now or in the future, Why would any Government encourage the brightest and the most talented to leave , Bear in mind the state picked up the tab to educate them all,, We still have people arriving in Ireland everyday to live here , Only two days ago 450 people received Irish citizenship six months previously 500 people received citizenship.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      There are ways to get around the system..read some of my other articles.

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      Remnant 

      6 years ago

      True, it's all downhill from here on out

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Yes, I know, things have definitely deteriorated since I wrote that article. But then, they have deteriorated everywhere else too!

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      Remnant 

      6 years ago

      Interesting, I belong to a web community that has a few members from Ireland.

      They said the economy was so bad that the government was encouraging the young people to relocate to other counties

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Glad you like it htodd, thanks for commenting.

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      htodd 

      6 years ago from United States

      Informative article ..Thanks Brie

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Wow, I didn't know there were so many there!

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      That might explain why there are one hundred thousand Americans living in Ireland

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      That's still really low, most people pay more than that in America per month.

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      Donal kinsella 

      6 years ago

      Yes that's for an entire year ,, Water charges are on the way plus a whole host of other charges, On the positive side the unemployed receive €188.00/$240.50 per week plus free health care , rent allowance, clothing allowance plus supplementary welfare,

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Is that a year?

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      If your unemployed you don't pay , If you live in a Council house (The projects)you don't pay, If your income is below a certain level again you don't have to pay, In Ireland if you own a second home a holiday home you pay €200 euro to the state, Now you will have to pay €100 property tax on your primary home plus €100 euro on the second home and an additional €200 euro for the second home. I've decided i'm selling all my homes!!!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      So..what does that mean "subject to the ability to pay"? If you can't pay what happens?

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      Brie don't print this just want to inform you property tax was introduced on the 1st of January last, The charge is €100 euro per household per year subject to ability to pay.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Ha ha, that's funny!

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      Brie the free pint of ale for a blood donation is a bit of a scam,, You give two pints of blood they then extract the alcohol from it and present it to you in a pint glass.Better to opt for the tea and biscuit.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      On what?

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      francisid 

      6 years ago

      it's depends brie.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      It can't be worse than America?

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      We don't have the good manners to answer our mail on time for a start, Sorry about that, Ireland is not the friendly place you visited 30 years ago when crime levels were low, Today lawlessness and drug abuse are out of control, Check out our newspapers on line for a real eye opener

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      How so?

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      Brie i live in north Dublin not far from the city centre, Ireland is today is completely different to the Ireland of 30 years ago

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Really?! Where are you in Ireland?

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      Donal Kinsella 

      6 years ago

      Brie let me know when you plan to relocate i will gladly put you up until you find your feet

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Maybe WD Maybe!

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      Artists live tax free? They love a good harmonica. It can substitute for a bagpipe in a pinch. it takes an Irishman to play proper pipes. I have an old Celtic ancestor back there somewhere, I think he jumped the boat over. Maybe it is time to jump one back!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Glad you like it Frank

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      Frank 

      6 years ago

      What an excellent article, Brie. Your point about no real estate taxes is so important. If you can't pay the tax they take your land and home, so there is no such thing as ownership of your own home. It is yours until you fall on hard times and can't pay or until they decide they want it(eminent domain). Ireland and cob cottages, huh? Let me think about this. Thanks Brie, for an eye opener.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for the info EuroCafeAuLait. Personally when and if I do this I will drop the U.S. citizenship...don't want to pay the taxes.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 

      6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Hi Brie! Great Hub! As an expat I can agree with a lot of things that you are saying, here. There is only one thing to correct, about dual citizenship. I have it, and it works like this: the United States does not acknowledge any other citizenship besides its own. That means for them I only have US, not the other one. My other country has the same attitude as Ireland's - I can have both, as far as they are concerned. No need to give up anything, thank goodness :))

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Cool, I didn't know that Homesteadpatch!

      I will Enlydia.

      It's the ones that don't think that they are needed that truly are!

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      Hubertsvoice 

      6 years ago

      I have lived in the Philippines for over a year. I think it's great. If America needed me I would return in a heartbeat. I doubt very much that they would need me.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      6 years ago from trailer in the country

      Great research...sounds like a beautiful place to visit/live...I probably will never go there, but if you do, then post pictures and stories from your point of view, and I will enjoy it vicariously.

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      homesteadpatch 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Currently there are no nuclear power plants in Ireland, another plus.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      True, but I like cooler so there ya go!

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      eye-see 

      6 years ago from canada

      While our plan is South America within a year, I can see the attraction of Ireland too.

      But... SA is warmer!

      Good info, voting up

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Free beer for giving blood! ha ha ha

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Nice!

      I also very much like the music and the beer they have to offer!

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      I hope you can use the information, good luck.

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      vrajavala 

      6 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      thanks. I'm of Irish descent. My grandfather came to Ellis Island in 1895. As you may know, the Irish suffered much discrimination here.

      I have thought about this.

    • Brie Hoffman profile imageAUTHOR

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Angel, it's something I've thought about for a long long time. I don't know if I will pull the trigger but information is my friend if I do.

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      Angel709 

      6 years ago from midwest

      Absolutely love this informative article..voted up for useful and interesting. Relocating is a very strong consideration and this is most appreciated.

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