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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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Enter the state, 1940–1946

Enter the state, 1940–1946

(p.112) 3 Enter the state, 1940–1946
Demography, State and Society
Liverpool University Press

This chapter, which discusses Irish migration during 1940–6, shows that the Irish state became closely concerned in the regulation of migration. Within the Irish political and administrative élite, a degree of unease existed in some quarters about the migration of Irish workers to Britain in 1941 and 1942. The patency of unskilled female labour was the predominant feature of the wartime migrant flow. The unskilled labour overshadowed the male migrant flow. During the war, the patterns of Irish migration to Britain highlighted a turning point in that migrant pathways and networks were demonstrated which were to prove of vital importance for the postwar period, when the ‘second-wave’ of Irish migration to Britain achieved its celestial point.

Keywords:   Irish migration, Irish state, Britain, Irish workers, unskilled labour, Irish labour, British wartime, wartime economy

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