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dc.contributor.authorCawley, Mary
dc.identifier.citationCawley, Mary. (2019). Rural emigration to international destinations and return: a perspective from Ireland. In Helena Pina & Felisbela Martins (Eds.), The Overarching Issues of the European Space - a strategic (re)positioning of environmental and socio-economic problems? Porto: Faculty of Letters, University of Porto.en_IE
dc.description.abstractThis 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.en_IE
dc.publisherFaculty of Letters, University of Portoen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofThe Overarching Issues of the European Space- a strategic (re)positioning of environmental and socio-economic problems?en
dc.subjectRural emigrationen_IE
dc.titleRural emigration to international destinations and return: a perspective from Irelanden_IE
dc.typeBook chapteren_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedPeer reviewed
dc.local.contactMary Cawley, School Of Geography And Archaeology, Room 124 Research Room, Arts/Sci, Nui Galway. 2171 Email:

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