Migration from rural to urban areas was a feature of the development of most western societies. The economic factors were key factors of Irish migration patterns and trends. In addition, changing aspirations towards a higher standard of living influenced the history of Irish migration between 1921 and 1971. Economic underdevelopment also affected Irish migration during these years. Most Irish counties had a reduced population due to migration both internal and international. Migrant networks both accelerated and alleviated large-scale migration from twentieth-century Ireland. Moreover, the data show that Catholics had a higher rate of net migration than Protestants. Irish immigration has drawn little attention in migration discourse in Britain. By 1971, the Irish-born population was the largest migrant grouping in Britain.
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