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If you like to enjoy endless sunshine, beaches and a yearly tan, then Australia could be a great place for you. Here are some fast facts about relocating from Ireland to Australia. 

  1. Australia has become an increasingly popular destination for Irish expats. Between May 2008 and April 2014, 78,500 people moved from the Republic of Ireland to Australia. This makes it the most popular destination outside of the UK.
     
  2. Ireland have a ‘reciprocal health care agreement’ with the Australian government. This means if you’re unfortunate enough to end up in A&E in Australia, you shouldn’t have to pay a penny. Learn more about this agreement here.
     
  3. There are Facebook groups and Twitter pages that are made by Irish expats that can help you find similar people in your situation. Going to Australia and not knowing anyone can be scary so these groups will help you to settle in. 
     
  4. It’ll take a while to get used to time zones. If you want to catch up on any kind of European sport be prepared to sit up past 2AM. Seasons are also different, with Christmas being  summer and June/July the peak of winter. 
     
  5. Fosters isn’t the beer of choice in Australia – don’t go round saying ‘good call’ in your best Australian accent. 

After reading this we hope you’re more prepared for you big move – pack your bags and don’t forget the sun cream!

 

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