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Title: Return migration and belonging in Ireland
Author: Noble, Christina
ISNI:       0000 0004 7432 0154
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2018
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Return migration is not a new phenomenon yet it remains under-researched. Within Ireland, the story of emigration is well known but return migration remains a short footnote in Irish migratory history. During the most notable phases of Irish emigration, such as the nineteenth century Famine, there were instances of return and during the more recent period of substantial economic growth, the Celtic Tiger period of the mid-1990s to the late-2000s, there were large influxes of both returning Irish citizens and non-Irish in-migrants to the Republic. The standing of the former group, the return migrants, is one of invisibility. Their return is commonly described as a =return home', a description that overlooks the fact that through mobility and movement our connections to particular places, both imagined and real, are multiple and transformative. Inspired by the mobilities turn in human geography, this thesis approaches the study of return migration as movement that is more than just a physical movement between different places on the globe. The experiences of return migrants who relocated to western counties of Ireland during the Celtic Tiger period are explored through life story interviews. I explore the notion of belonging for return migrants, the materiality of return, their sense of identity and the importance of time to their return. Participants displayed a high degree of ambiguity about their return and potential for movement was prevalent amongst nearly all return migrants in this study. My research thus highlights the complexity and difference inherent to return migration and the findings have the potential to inform future discussions in Ireland about migration policies.
Supervisor: Philip, Lorna ; Shubin, Sergei ; Farrington, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Return migration ; Immigrants ; Ireland