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Survey of the Irish Diaspora in Asia

Culture, International Relations, Irish Abroad, MoS Cannon, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2018


Survey of the Irish Diaspora in Asia


Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon T.D., recently published the results of a survey conducted of the Irish Diaspora in Asia.


The survey was undertaken by the Irish Abroad Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in conjunction with Ireland’s Embassies and Consulates in the region. A total of 785 respondents took part in this survey and the information and feedback received is being followed up on by Units across the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The survey results give an evidence based indication of the range of sectors that Irish people work in, as well as the diversity within and between different Irish communities and their engagement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Commenting on the launch of the report, Minister of State Cannon said:


“This survey has given us an important insight into the developing and vibrant Irish community in Asia. My work as Minister for the Diaspora is keenly informed by the feedback we receive from our citizens around the world and exercises like these offer valuable insights to me and to the wider Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.”


“The information we have received from this survey is also timely and it will feed into the development of the whole-of-Government Asia Pacific strategy that is to be published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade later this year”


The summary report of the survey has been published on the Global Irish Hub website and you can access the report though this link.



Press Office

23 July 2018


Note for editors:


The Irish Abroad Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for developing Government policy towards Irish communities abroad and the wider Irish Diaspora.  This includes: 


  • Implementation of ‘Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy’
  • Support of the work of the Minister of State for the Diaspora
  • Management of the Emigrant Support Programme grant scheme
  • Management of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award
  • Management of the Diaspora Affairs budget
  • General engagement and support of diaspora communities and diaspora related initiatives, in conjunction with Ireland’s Embassy and Consulate network.


Since 2004 funding has been provided under the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) to non-profit organisations and projects to support Irish communities overseas and to facilitate the development of more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish. 


Since its establishment, €160 million has been disbursed through the ESP to Irish organisations worldwide.  The allocation for the Emigrant Support Programme in 2018 is €11.59 million. This allocation has been maintained at this level since 2012.


In 2018 there were applications from 490 projects from 319 organisations with requests for funding totalling approximately €22 million. These are currently being assessed by the Irish Abroad Unit.