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Uma A. Segal, Doreen Elliott, and Nazneen S. Mayadas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388138.001.0001

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From Emigrant to Immigrant Society: Transition and Change in the Republic of Ireland

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Immigration Worldwide

Treasa Galvin

Oxford University Press

As the host of complex factors that give rise to forced and voluntary migration change, the history of migration in any one country also changes. This chapter is concerned with the processes of transition and change in migration patterns in the Republic of Ireland in the last 15 years, as Ireland has moved from being a country of net emigration to one of net immigration. More specifically, this paper considers the manner in which, as immigration acquires a negative label through reactive state policies and legislative provisions, both migrant and local population groups focus on resource-based tensions. As a result, a complex set of barriers emerge to inhibit the formation (by migrants) of extensive social networks within Irish society and ultimately to restrict general social interaction and integration.

Keywords:   immigration, reactive legislation, labels, social networks, barriers, social interaction, integration, refugees, labor migrants

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