Every year, countless people across the world make the life-changing decision to leave their home country and move to another country, sometimes on the other side of the world. Ireland, the land of a hundred thousand welcomes, is itself home to hundreds and thousands of these same people, people who decided to risk it all in order to give our tiny island a chance.
So why do people decide to emigrate here? What are their motivations? Do their expectations of living in Ireland live up to the reality? How do they reconcile the pursuit of their goals and dreams with being so far away from their home, their families and their loved ones? These are some of the questions I’ll be asking on my new podcast, Should I stay or Should I go, in which every week I’ll be interviewing someone who has decided to spend their life, or at least a good part of it, giving it a go on the Emerald Isle.
On this week’s episode I’ll be chatting to sound engineer and music research agent Jorge Jasso about his decision to give up a successful accounting career and leave his home country of Mexico back in 2009. What was originally planned as a year off to figure himself out and learn English quickly changed when he began playing for a Mariachi band in Dublin, which encouraged him to pursue a degree in Music Production from the prestigious Windmill Lane Studios. Nearly 12 years later, and after having married the woman of his dreams (that would be me) Jorge doesn’t see himself returning to Mexico any time soon.
Check out Jorge’s story on Should I stay or Should I go here