This book explores the patterns in Irish migration to Britain from 1921–71. It also examines the factors that account for this migration, and the policy of both the British and Irish states in relation to large-scale movement between the two countries. Aspects of the migrant experience are also explained. Migration from Northern Ireland is best analysed within the wider context of the history of the United Kingdom labour market. The reaction in Britain to the flow of Irish migrants is a particularly interesting factor of this study. Throughout the book, a broad range of sources related to Irish migration and wider theories of international migration are employed to contextualise the conclusions made in the course of the analysis presented here.
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