Ireland Transformed

Walloping economic growth made the so-called Celtic Tiger one of the richest countries on the continent and an immigration magnet. Full Story »

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Oct. 16, 2008

Slate's "How They Do It: Lessons for the U.S. from Abroad" series on European immigration has been superb, and this story is a great wrap up. It covers Ireland's rapid shift from a largely homogeneous to a multicultural society at the beginning of the decade, touching on the immigration laws and economic conditions that allowed this, and bringing in some anecdotal evidence. The narrative of the Nigerian refugee is fascinating. Highly recommended.

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James Canning
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by James Canning - Oct. 16, 2008

I visited Ireland almost every year during the 1970s, and a number of times in the 1980s, so the astonishing changes there register strongly with me. Other countries with long-standing religious difficulties (I refer here to Northern Ireland) can learn valuable lessons from Ireland.

I thought, 35 years ago and more, that Ireland needed a good dose of immigration, though not too much, to enable an escaping of a sense of history as grievance.

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 16, 2008

Last in a series of stories in Slate about immigration in Europe, this piece about Ireland is pretty interesting. The author not only explains shifting laws that have changed the fortunes of immigrants through the years, but has a great immigrant source who captures important aspects of the modern, immigrant experience in Ireland.

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Oct. 16, 2008

In-depth article about Ireland's immigration policies and how Ireland has changed from them. Excellent context included, looking at immigration policies in other European countries and how Ireland's unique history set the stage for 21st-century immigration. Includes a detailed profile of Rotimi Adebari, a Nigerian native who became a mayor of an Irish town even though he's not a citizen; I'd heard of him through other MSM stories, but nothing complete until this article. Very well written.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Oct. 17, 2008

the story explains very well how a strong economic need led to allowing thousands of immigrants from other parts of the world into ireland, and how some of them at least have succeeded, as did ireland, very well there. ireland is a very small country with a small population and not surprisingly,, those laws have changed to maintain needs of the original irish population. because the story is focused on one person, it has less significance than if it were broader in scope.

having lived recently in northern ireland, i am very interested in stories like this. and i am interested to see what effect longer term these developments will be on the irish people and politics of northern ireland.

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