“At least in Ireland I have a better life”

By Ana Novais

Dublin will ensure you’ll discover amazing homemade scones, caffeine shots in hidden cafés and the perfect vintage clothes in a second-hand shop. To a historic landmark with an inspiring back story or a chance to chat with a Dublin character, this city is layered, unique and full of treasures waiting to be found.

However, it is not only the welcome that brings people into this country. Some people come to look for a better life, and it’s here where they think that their dreams will come true.

Like many Brazilian people living in Ireland, Luz Mauricio followed her dreams to Dublin where she came to learn English

Luz Mauricio Photo Credit: Ana Novais

 “I came to Ireland in 2016 and have now attained a proficient level of English which is excellent,” said Luz.

But for Luz, one of her biggest struggles was finding somewhere to live

“When I arrived, I ended up living in a house in Dublin 1, with eight other people and for seven long months, I shared a room with one other girl and two guys,” she continued.

“I got depressed,” said Luz, “but I kept going because my goal was to find a job and to learn a new language.”

Living in overcrowded places is the norm for many Brazilians and other international students living in Dublin and people are regularly evicted with short or no notice.

“Eventually, I found a less crowded place to live, but I never got my deposit back from the previous landlord,” she added. “But, everything I have been through was worth it and at least in Ireland, I have a better life.”

“Coming to Ireland has been a great experience, but it is so tough to find a suitable place to live,” said Luz.

According to the Immigration in Ireland Statistics 2018, Ireland granted permission to 22,414 Brazilians to remain in the State last year.

“Ireland granted permission to 22,414 Brazilians to remain in the State last year”

Colm Daly, Executive Officer at the Department of Justice and Equality.

“There were 12,618 Brazilians with a permission to remain on Study grounds (Stamp 2 and 2a) in 2018,” said Colm Daly, Executive Officer at the Department of Justice and Equality.

The biggest motivation among all these people is the desire to be in contact with different cultures and the chance to learn a new language.

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