This chapter, which introduces the main themes covered in Part II of the book, discusses the recession in Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s that led to an increase in young people moving to Britain to find work. This generation was distinctly different from previous ones in important respects. While some migrants followed their predecessors by entering the unskilled and semi-skilled sectors of the economy, a new cohort of better-educated, more self-confident, and socially mobile migrants found jobs in the financial institutions of the City of London, the media, and the professions.
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