Emigration studies have been a major historiographical concern for many years. This book addresses the significant but neglected issue of return migration to Britain and Europe since 1600. It offers some of the first studies of the phenomenon of returns. While emigration studies have become prominent in both scholarly and popular circles in recent years, return migration has remained comparatively under-researched. Despite evidence that in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries between a quarter and a third of all emigrants from many parts of Britain and Europe ultimately returned to their countries of origin. Emigrant homecomings analyses the motives, experiences and impact of these returning migrants in a wide range of locations over four hundred years, as well as examining the mechanisms and technologies which enabled their return. The book aims to open the debate by addressing some of the major issues in four thematic sections. After an overview of the process of return migration, it addresses the motives of those who returned from a wide variety of locations over a period ranging from the seventeenth century to the present day. The book looks at mechanisms of return, and considers the crucial question of the impact on the homeland of those who returned.
attitudes of the landlords to emigration and
intriguingly followed some of the emigrants’ fortunes in Scotland
and overseas. It also considered popular resistance to the Clearances,
leading to the crofters’ agitation of the 1880s and the ultimate
failure of landlord plans for economic development.
This book had clearly signalled a shift by Eric in the
direction of emigrationstudies, but he was still
Federation of Irish Industries and is at present a Deputy General Manager in C.I.E.,
having been in charge of labour relations at C.I.E. for a period.24
McCarthy, who was –according to this report –willing to fill the post of director of the new centre for the first two years on secondment from his present
job, might have embarked on an Irish social research career a decade earlier.
He was then the candidate Professor Feichin O’Doherty had in mind for the
post of director of the emigrationstudy to be jointly carried out by Liverpool
University and UCD with
(ed.), New directions in Irish-American History (Wisconsin, 2003); Miller,
Ireland and Irish America, 326.
115 NARA, D/S, USB, 9, 9, T368, Woods to Davis, 29 November 1884.
116 F. L. Dingley, European emigration: studies in Europe of emigration moving out of
Europe, especially that flowing to the United States (Washington, 1890), 380.
Building the Union, 1865–1913: the immigration process
well as fulfilling traditional matrimonial needs.117 Consuls still continued
to notice that family and domestic ties were always