Karolyn asked in TravelIrelandOther - Ireland · 8 years ago

Why is Ireland a nation of mass emigration?


@flukey..... That's a lot for a country with a small population?

9 Answers

  • Flukey
    Lv 5
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Emigration has a long history in Ireland, with varying reasons for it happening, and contrary to what the Teacher has said, it has nothing to do with terrorism. The Teacher needs a lot of education about Ireland. Emigration was happening long before groups like the IRA were around. The first major mass-emigration would have been during the famine in the second half of the 1840s. People went in search of a better life and to escape from hunger and poverty. At various times the Irish economy has gone through peaks and troughs, like any nation's economy tends to do. Currently the economy is not doing well, partly due to internal factors, but also as part of an international recession around the world. The 1980s and 1950s are other modern eras when emigration was common. There are also good periods when a lot of emigrants returned and when people came to Ireland having emigrated.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    You have a nation of people who are hard working, family orientated, with traditional values, where education is important............ Ireland is small and the Irish have always looked for adventure, a better life and to provide for themselves and their families.....and now with their education, skills and values the World is their oyster.

    It is a shame people leave their country as Ireland would be far better off economically if they stayed.........

  • Joe
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    It's isn't, despite what the newspapers might tell you.

    There is a world of difference between "mass migration" and "small scale migration", which is common in EVERY small and/or geographically-isolated country on the planet, regardless of the "current economic situation" (bleach!).

    The ONLY period that qualifies in terms of mass migration was during the Famine, and I presume you don't need to be told why that happened. Other than that, there has NEVER been anything other than small scale migration in modern times; even the hysterical news headlines that say "OMG! 1,000 People Left The Country Last Week!" don't qualify as mass migration.

    Source(s): Reality.
  • 8 years ago

    High cost of living.....high unemployment......in the past famine.

    One of the biggest causes in recent times is that our education system is producing highly qualified individuals and there aren't positions for them in ireland.

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  • 8 years ago

    The smart ones leave.

    We are the authors of our own misfortune.

  • 8 years ago

    There are very few jobs in Ireland

    Ireland is corrupt and a lot of people get fed up of living there

  • 8 years ago

    It was never allowed develop under the UK and it hasn't been very successful since,except for short spells.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I moved to the States to work construction. The pay is better. There is more to do and see. Different people, and weather.

  • 8 years ago

    I know what you mean. Its a continual mass exodus. No one wants to live there. Its partly due to the bankrupt state it is now in since it separated from the Uk and the reputation the IRA give the country as a haven for terrorists. Hence mass emigration across the border to the UK. It will soon be part of a extended Europe with a name change also.

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