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From developmental Ireland to migration nation: immigration and shifting rules of belonging in the Republic of Ireland
Fanning, Bryan
This paper considers 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 came to be presented in terms of agency, choice and individual reflexivity. It again expanded considerably due to immigration. It is suggested that in the context of the current economic downturn that Ireland has become radically open to migration in both directions. Author has checked copyright The version here is a UCD ibis paper that was published almost verbatim in the Economic and Social Review AD 26/03/2014
Keyword(s): Economic development; Immigration
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Economic & Social Studies
First Indexed: 2014-03-28 05:16:04 Last Updated: 2018-10-11 15:19:32