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Tailored Advice and Supports

Emigrant Support

Through the Emigrant Support Programme, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funds organisations in Ireland that offer tailored advice and supports for Irish citizens and others seeking to move to Ireland. The organisations are:

  • Crosscare Migrant Project
  • Safe Home Ireland

Crosscare Migrant Project provides information and advocacy support to Irish people returning to Ireland from abroad, Irish people emigrating from Ireland, and immigrants living in Ireland. They have been working with Irish emigrants since the 1980s and are one of the projects of Crosscare.

For returning Irish emigrants Crosscare Migrant Project provide general information about moving back to Ireland, as well as specialised assistance with social welfare applications and appeals, social housing applications, medical cards and other statutory supports.

For Irish people leaving Ireland, Crosscare Migrant also offer general information along with sign-posting services to Irish groups around the world. For immigrants in Ireland they advise on the Irish immigration system and assist with residency applications. For more information on the work of Crosscare Migrant Project and to access more resources you can check out

The Migrant Project Box

Safe Home Ireland provides an information, advice and advocacy service to anyone (regardless of age or circumstances) who may be contemplating returning or moving to Ireland. Safe Home Ireland also assist qualifying older Irish born emigrants to return to secure accommodation back inIreland. View their qualifying criteria.

As part of their outreach work, Safe Home Ireland carry out home visits with housing applicants throughout the UK, to meet with them in their own homes, go through the application process with them in detail, answer any questions they may have and assess their situations fully.

Safe Home Ireland can provide a national outreach and advocacy service to people who have returned home who need assistance with ‘getting into the system’ in Ireland and also signposting them on to other relevant support agencies that may be of assistance. 

If you are thinking about returning or moving to Ireland, please contact Safe Home Ireland at

Safe Home