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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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Migration and return, 1958–1971

Migration and return, 1958–1971

(p.226) 5 Migration and return, 1958–1971
Demography, State and Society
Liverpool University Press

This chapter investigates the implications of a policy for migration from Ireland in the 1960s, at which time the international economy had a favourable impact on the Irish economy. The period in Irish population history from 1958 until the early 1970s has been regarded as a ‘demographic transformation’. The data note that those who attained a higher level of education displayed more challenging income and occupational aspirations, which could be met by leaving the local community and the country. There was a reduction of the total number of Protestants in the Irish Republic. Irish ethnic identity was closely linked with the Roman Catholic church. The 1960s revealed a decrease in the number of people migrating to Britain. By the early 1970s, a significant return migrant flow was apparent, which was a novel development in modern Irish demographic history.

Keywords:   migration, Ireland, international economy, Irish economy, education, Protestants, Irish ethnic identity, Roman Catholic church, Britain, Irish demographic history

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