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Irish Migrants in Modern Wales$
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Paul O'Leary

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238485

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313356

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Comparing Immigrant Histories: The Irish and Others in Modern Wales

Comparing Immigrant Histories: The Irish and Others in Modern Wales

(p.156) Comparing Immigrant Histories: The Irish and Others in Modern Wales
Irish Migrants in Modern Wales

Neil Evans

Liverpool University Press

This chapter compares the immigrant histories of the Irish and others in modern Wales. The Irish migration co-occurred with the onset of industrialisation, and was the second-largest influx of immigrants into Wales, which continued at a decreased rate into the late nineteenth century. The race riots of 1919 were closely associated with the disruptions of trade and employment that accompanied the ending of the war. Data on 1911 reveals the economic circumstances that could make racial stereotyping the basis of popular action. In the 1970s, a jagged faultline opened between the social democracy of the post-war era and the new political economy focused on the free market. In the 1980s, ethnic minorities found a place in the political structures of Wales. The link between the Welsh-born and English incomers was at the centre of the ecology of ethnic relations in Wales.

Keywords:   immigrant histories, Wales, Irish migration, industrialisation, race riots, trade, employment, racial stereotyping, free market, ethnic minorities

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