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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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Postwar exodus, 1947–1957

Postwar exodus, 1947–1957

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(p.160) 4 Postwar exodus, 1947–1957
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Demography, State and Society
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317651.006

This chapter addresses Irish migration during 1947–57, specifically the geographical origins of the migrants. The topography of the effect of Irish migration to Britain is reported. The insufficiency of steady employment in a neighbourhood was a deciding factor in the decision to migrate. There was a symbiotic association between migration and marriage patterns. The data show that networks, prior experience of working in Britain, and a lack of steady employment were substantial elements in identifying who migrated to Britain and who did not. The Roman Catholic church in Ireland and Britain established concrete steps to construct preparation for the welfare of Irish migrants, who were established as a useful pool of largely unskilled labour. Furthermore, immigration from the Commonwealth and Irish migration to Britain increased in the mid- to late 1950s.

Keywords:   Irish migration, Britain, marriage, networks, steady employment, Roman Catholic church, Ireland, Irish migrants, Commonwealth

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