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A New History of Ireland, Volume VIIreland Under the Union, II: 1870-1921$
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W. E. Vaughan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583744.001.0001

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The Irish in Britain, 1871–1921

The Irish in Britain, 1871–1921

(p.653) Chapter XXII The Irish in Britain, 1871–1921
A New History of Ireland, Volume VI


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This chapter examines the history of Irish immigrants in Great Britain during the period from 1871 to 1921. The Irish who came to Britain in the 1870s were mainly reluctant immigrants, and they were mostly transient people. Many of those who stayed in Britain experienced virtual exclusion from secure employment and housing. The warped occupational distribution of the immigrants was reflected in their housing and patterns of settlement. In the following fifty years, though the acuteness of immigrant estrangement abated, there was no complete transformation of the Irish in Britain into either an expatriate community or a fully accepted ingredient of British society.

Keywords:   Irish immigrants, Great Britain, secure employment, housing, occupational distribution, patterns of settlement

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