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BBC films role of our emigrants

The plight of a new generation of Irish emigrants in London is being filmed by the BBC.

The British state broadcaster is looking for Irish people who moved over to the capital within the past few years to take part in the documentary.

They particularly want to speak to those who were forced to leave due to economic constraints here.

A Herald Millward Brown poll has revealed one in four families will lose a loved one to emigration within the coming year and there are now thousands located abroad.

Paraic O'Brien, an Irishman who has lived in England for 13 years, is a reporter with the BBC and is tracking down the Irish diaspora in the UK.

He said the film was scheduled to be broadcast in the run-up to St Patrick's Day.

"We want to talk to new Irish immigrants to London for a BBC film," he explained.

"It'll probably turn out to be a few minutes on either BBC News or the One Show on BBC1.

"We want them to bring a great story as well as a CV to the table."

Irish people living in London who are interested in taking part can contact twitter.com/#!/paraicobrien.

clairemurphy@herald.ie