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London Irish FictionsNarrative, Diaspora and Identity$
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Tony Murray

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318313

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317897

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
Introduction
Source:
London Irish Fictions
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317897.008

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.

Keywords:   Irish migrants, migration, Britain, employment

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