Visa enquiries from Irish tradies have rocketed in the wake of the Queensland floods, with workers keen to head Down Under and help with the clean-up.
The Irish Examiner reports around 5,000 extra visa applications are expected, with 10,000 new job opportunities created by the disaster.
Visafirst.com manager Edwina Shanahan told the Examiner it had received twice the usual number of enquiries about Australian working visas and Queensland since news of the devastation – and the scale of the clean-up operation required – broke.
She added: “Approximately 28,000 homes will need to be rebuilt, works will have to commence on roads, businesses and schools which means demand for all construction trades — architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painter-decorators – is going to soar. This will present hundreds of Irish men and women with much needed job opportunities abroad.”
More than 22,500 Australian visas were issued to Irish citizens in 2010.