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Migration during the 1950s and 1980s
We learn the defining influences encouraged people to immigrate during the 1950s and 1980s. Mary P Corcan, a sociologist from the National University of Ireland, explains there are differences between the 1950s generation of immigration and that of the 1980s. She explains during the 1950s, immigration was a more permanent thing and those immigrating were doing so to seek a better education. She goes on to explain the reason behind 1980s immigration was more down to strict economic policies at the time and a high rate of unemployment in Ireland. Sourced from the programme 'Irish Empire' which was first broadcast on BBC2 on 9 September 2000.
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