Book Chapter Details
Mandatory Fields
Cawley, Mary
2019 Unknown
The Overarching Issues of the European Space- a strategic (re)positioning of environmental and socio-economic problems?
Rural emigration to international destinations and return: a perspective from Ireland
Faculty of Letters, University of Porto
Optional Fields
Rural emigration, return, Ireland
This chapter aims to contribute to a better understanding of international emigration from and return to rural areas using evidence from Ireland. The paper introduces key concepts relating to migration and return more generally. The results of interviews with forty-six returned migrants, who were interviewed in 2011 and 2013, are then discussed. All emigrants spent at least one year resident overseas and spent at least one year resident in Ireland following return. The evidence reveals the continued influence of economic and social factors on emigration. Emigration and access to employment were facilitated by family and friends overseas, among the lower skilled, whilst the more highly qualified used agencies and advertisements. Most migrants lived within transnational frameworks; they maintained regular contact with family at home and many visited home at least once annually. These links functioned as sources of information about opportunities in Ireland. Most returned to employment; however, reuniting with family was a key motivation for return coupled with memories of an idyllic countryside. The experience following return did not always meet expectations and some returnees emigrated again.
DOI: 10.21747/9789898969149/rural
Grant Details
University of Porto and personal funds
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy