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New mobilities in EuropePolish migration to Ireland post-2004$
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Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, and James Wickham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088094

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088094.001.0001

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Looking back: worklife pathways in a boom-to-bust economy

Looking back: worklife pathways in a boom-to-bust economy

(p.123) 8 Looking back: worklife pathways in a boom-to-bust economy
New mobilities in Europe

Torben Krings

Elaine Moriarty

James Wickham

Alicja Bobek

Justyna Salamońska

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines how Polish migrants assessed their time in Ireland. Whereas some thought that they advanced in the labour market, others felt they remained entrapped in some rather low-wage jobs. Nevertheless, even for the latter the move abroad was generally seen as a positive experience as they acquired new skills and developed from a personal point of view. Whereas almost all respondents had arrived in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger boom years, the economic crisis and rising unemployment in 2008 meant that they had to re-adjust their strategies to a dramatically altered economic environment. For some this was a contributory factor in returning to Poland or moving on elsewhere. For others, however, it meant staying in Ireland and trying to adapt to work and life in ‘Post-Celtic Tiger’ Ireland. Even in a recession migrants continued to pursue different worklife pathways that were not solely determined by economic circumstances.

Keywords:   boom years, Ireland, moving on, Poland, recession, worklife pathways

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