From developmental Ireland to migration nation : immigration and shifting rules of belonging in the Republic of Ireland

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Title: From developmental Ireland to migration nation : immigration and shifting rules of belonging in the Republic of Ireland
Authors: Fanning, Bryan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2386
Date: 2009
Abstract: This paper emphasises how post-1950s Irish developmentalism fostered the economic, social and political acceptance of large-scale immigration following EU enlargement in 2004. It argues that economic imperatives alone cannot account for the national interest case for large-scale immigration that prevailed in 2004. It examines the “rules of belonging” deemed to pertain to citizens and immigrants within the key policy documents of Irish developmental modernisation and recent key policy documents which address immigration and integration. Similar developmental expectations have been presented as applying to Irish and immigrants alike. Irish human capital expanded in a context where ongoing emigration became presented in terms of agency, choice and individual reflexivity. It again expanded considerably due to immigration. It is suggested that in the context of current economic downturn that Ireland has become radically open to migration in both directions.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2009
Keywords: Ireland;Emigration;Immigration;Migration
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented at the conference “Politics, Economy and Society: Irish Developmentalism, 1958-2008”, held at University College Dublin on 12 March 2009
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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