One third of all Irish people living abroad plan on coming home to Ireland this Christmas
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One third of all Irish people living abroad plan on coming home to Ireland this Christmas

NEARLY a third of all Irish people living abroad are planning on coming home to Ireland this Christmas, according to a new survey.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) are expected to keep Ireland's Covid-19 international travel restrictions in place in the run up to Christmas, despite the country coming out of full lockdown on December 1.

That being said, three out of every 10 Irish people living abroad say they intend to come home for the holidays.

A survey conducted by FRS recruitment found that Irish people living in the UK were most likely to pop home, with 41% saying they expect to spend Christmas in Ireland.

Meanwhile 14% of Irish folk living in the US and Canada say they're planning on coming home for the festive season.

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Elsewhere, just 7% of those living in Australia and New Zealand say they're planning a Christmas homecoming, while just 5% of Irish people living Asia are planning the same.

The study surveyed over one thousands Irish people living all around the world and was conducted between November 14 and 20.

Nine out of 10 Irish people who participated in the survey say they have previously travelled back to Ireland for Christmas in the same, and many look unlikely to break that tradition, in spite of the pandemic.

The vast majority (84%) of those who say they're planning trips home this Christmas say they haven't been home to Ireland all year due to the Covid-19 crisis.