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Description

Two audio extracts quote the views of Scottish employers about Irish immigration. Both stress the importance of Ireland as a necessary source of labour.
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4 March 2004

Classroom Ideas

Use the clip as a starting point for considering responses to Irish migration into Scotland. Students should consider what the benefits and drawbacks were for both the Irish and Scottish. Consider what the influx of Irish workers meant for different classes of Scottish society. Look at the jobs Irish workers took on and why. Were Scottish workers not willing to do the work? Were there differences in wage demands or expected working conditions? Case studies of Scottish infrastructure built at the time could be used to highlight the role-played by Irish ‘navvies’ in the development of modern Scotland.

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