This chapter shows how working with people from other disciplines has shaped authors' research on migration and integration in Ireland. It discusses how authors collaboratively defined the object of their research, the methods of data collection and preparation for research, and explores how they attempt to analyze the data. The chapter shows how authors challenge to the disciplinary bounding of migration studies opens new possibilities for understanding migration as a process and as a lived experience. Like many other researchers interested in migration to Ireland, authors' main method of data collection is the interview. From this research, authors have gathered three specific sources of primary data: the interview recordings, the interview transcripts, and authors' observations in and around individual interviews as well as the interview process. The authors' approach to migration research prioritizes context, and analyses language and space over time.
This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book offers an insight into the complicated patterns of migration to and from Ireland, and on the ways in which these patterns both mirror and differ from broader patterns of the movement of people. It highlights the range of institutions that enable, facilitate or obstruct migration and/or processes of incorporation, thus allowing for a scalar analysis of migration in place. The book shows the potential of a place-based approach to migration. It focuses on the wide range of female migrants to Ireland: returning Irish, migrants from the EU and West and North Africa, as well as North America and Australasia. The book also highlights the diverse ways in which migrants enter Ireland: as EU nationals, as labour migrants, or as refugees or asylum seekers.