Deirdre Conlon

This chapter focuses on historical popular cultural representations of emigrant women vis-à-vis the experiences of immigrant women in more contemporary Ireland. It examines the intersections across the experiences of nominally different categories of migrant women in Ireland, and in keeping with the political intent of countertopographies. The chapter provides a brief overview of dominant trends and approaches to migration research in Ireland. It outlines key elements of Cindi Katz's project. The chapter highlights the relations between interview accounts and global processes that shape migration and migrants' experiences. It offers insight into the intersections between migrants' experiences in Ireland and abstract processes that reproduce migrant strivings and compel migrant mobility in a global world. In the face of these experiences, a common response to questions about future plans prompted migrants to talk about a sense of insecurity, the impermanence of their stay in Ireland and the possibility of moving elsewhere.

in Migrations