Feeling at home in contemporary Ireland
in Are the Irish different?
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Society is always changing as a result of human migration, and to feel comfortable with that is often a challenge. In Ireland, historically, the idea of home has not been one to be taken for granted, because of the painful memories of poverty, emigration and war. To be able to feel at home in contemporary Ireland requires of people that they stretch themselves, adopt a cosmopolitan attitude and welcome difference into their homes and communities. The ways in which various types of immigrants adapt to the expectations of their host communities and develop their own cultural confidence lead to the emergence of different forms of hybrid identities. In 2004, the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland published a report documenting widespread exploitation and maltreatment of foreign domestic workers in Irish middle-class homes. The movement of Irish people around the world has created a strong diaspora community.

Editor: Tom Inglis

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