All aboard the migration nation
in Ireland under austerity
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The official visions of Ireland as a 'migration nation' that circulated during the Celtic Tiger period were not ultimately that different from the image of the frozen cultures, endlessly celebrating themselves, presented in New Thinking = New Ireland. This chapter examines how the dynamic of visibility/invisibility is threaded through the episodes of state intervention in the problem of migration. It also examines how the Irish state, in common with other European states, placed significant emphasis on the need for 'integration', while imposing an increasingly stratified system of entry and residence that serves, in fact, to dis-integrate the population. The chapter discusses the racist spectacle of the 2004 Citizenship referendum. In examining its political calculus and impacts, the chapter argues that its wider political significance requires re-consideration in the light of 'austerity' politics.

Ireland under austerity

Neoliberal crisis, neoliberal solutions

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