Borders and employment : opportunities and barriers

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Title: Borders and employment : opportunities and barriers
Authors: Meehan, Elizabeth M.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2143
Date: 2006
Abstract: This paper considers the impact of borders on employment opportunities or barriers on the island of Ireland. In that context, it is about several senses of “border”: the creation of two borders on the independence of Ireland, east-west and north-south; disputed understandings of nationality; Commonwealth membership as the source of this dispute, yet also enabling east-west freedom of movement; conversely, the regulation of movement into the north; the complicated impact of common membership of the EU; and inward migration to the two countries, bringing new “borders of the mind”. The paper begins with the nationality and citizenship considerations lying behind the “bridging” of the two new political borders brought about by Ireland’s independence. It outlines the experience of workers freely crossing the east-west border and the regulation of movement into the north. It then turns to the perverse impact of the EU. After that, it deals with new patterns of crossing borders—the growth of migration into both north and south of a new range of peoples and the manifestation of new “borders of the mind”. In conclusion, it outlines new efforts to cross the border through cooperation to combat employment and other forms of discrimination against the new migrants.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: Borders;Ireland;Employment;Migrants
Subject LCSH: Ireland--Boundaries--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Boundaries--Ireland
Boundaries--Economic aspects
Labor market--Ireland
Labor market--Northern Ireland
Migrant labor--Ireland
Migrant labor--Northern Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at the workshop on “The Irish border in perspective” as part of the Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways programme, Queen’s University, Belfast, 1 October 2004
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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