Some 84% of Irish people living abroad said the pandemic had stopped their Christmas travel plans
A survey that questioned more than 1,000 Emerald Isle natives has found that three in ten Irish abroad plan to travel home this Christmas.
Some 84% of the respondents all across the world said the pandemic had stopped their Christmas travel plans, according to the findings by FRS Recruitment.
Out of those who are planning to come home for the holidays, Irish people based in the UK are the most likely to return at 41%.
This is followed by the Irish living in other parts of Europe (38%) and those based in the Middle East (36%).
The Irish abroad living in the likes of other parts of Asia are the least likely to return for the festivities with 5% saying they would.
Only 7% of those living in Australia or New Zealand plan to make the trip home for Christmas next to 14% in the US or Canada planning the same.
The survey, conducted by FRS Recruitment between November 14 and 20, found that nine out ten Irish people questioned had travelled home for Christmas in the past.
Colin Donnery, General Manager of FRS Recruitment, said: “Given the current discussion about whether people should be allowed return to Ireland for Christmas, we thought it would be useful to gauge the level of appetite that exists among the internationally based Irish community.
“Three out of every 10 Irish abroad say they are planning on returning to Ireland for Christmas. While that is a sizeable downturn from the 84% who would have returned in normal circumstances, 30% still represents a sizeable portion of that community.
“It would seem the allure of an Irish Christmas remains no matter what part of the world you’re based in. Speaking to Irish people living in other countries, for some a trip home for Christmas has become an annual tradition.
“Others want to be close to their family in this year of all years. Motivation may vary from person to person but there does seem a degree of determination that they will make every effort to be back home in Ireland for Christmas this year.”