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Demography, State and SocietyIrish Migration to Britain, 1921–1971$
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Enda Delaney

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237358

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317651

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Perspectives on Irish migration

Perspectives on Irish migration

(p.7) 1 Perspectives on Irish migration
Demography, State and Society
Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes the main patterns and features of Irish migration in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The use of the concept of ‘relative deprivation’ in explicating migration was an important element of the ‘new economics of migration’. A prevailing characteristic of nineteenth-century European history was international migration. Family emigration was a feature of the transatlantic movement in the earlier part of the nineteenth century. It is found that males dominated the Irish emigrant flow in the pre-famine period, with more females leaving Ireland by the turn of the century. By 1921, migration was an accomplished level in the life cycle of young Irish people and this remained the case for the following 50 years.

Keywords:   Irish migration, E. G. Ravenstein, laws of migration, relative deprivation, European history, international migration, family emigration, Irish emigrant flow, Ireland

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