The negotiation of belonging and family life
Liam Coakley

People from West Africa have featured particularly strongly, but immigrants from many different parts of the continent have also moved to Ireland, sometimes in significant numbers. A small but growing literature charts the experiences of these migrants from the continent of Africa. This chapter seeks to add further to the growing literature by reporting on the experiences of a small number of recent migrants from the continent of Africa to Ireland. Migrant communities are commonly deemed to be transnational in nature and as such any attempt to understand the lived experience of these communities must make reference to at least two physical places. Conceptualizations of the family and of family life held by the African immigrants who participated in this study support this view. The important role that such transnational financial transfers play in a migrant's country of origin is well established in the literature.

in Migrations