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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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(p.289) Conclusion
Demography, State and Society
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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.

Keywords:   Irish migration, economic underdevelopment, migrant networks, Ireland, Catholics, Protestants, Irish immigration, Britain

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