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'Because She Never Let Them In': Irish Immigration a Century Ago and Today

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  • Cormac Ó Gráda

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A century ago, and for most of the twentieth century, Ireland was a land of emigration, not immigration. However, in the space of less than a decade in the 2000s, Ireland was transformed from a homogeneous community, where non-native residents were in a very small minority, to one in which one-sixth of its inhabitants are foreign-born. The paper will compare immigration and attitudes towards immigrants in the very different Irelands of a century ago and of the present.

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  • Cormac Ó Gráda, 2013. "'Because She Never Let Them In': Irish Immigration a Century Ago and Today," Working Papers 201319, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    Public opinion; Ireland; Immigration; Racism;

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