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Immigration and housing in the Republic of Ireland$
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Brian Portley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095931

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095931.001.0001

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House and home

House and home

(p.110) 5 House and home
Immigration and housing in the Republic of Ireland

Brian Portley

Manchester University Press

Chapter 5 explores the relationship between the physical attributes of housing, and the meaning of home held by migrant households. This involves examination of the interplay of wider structural discourses, including family and identity, and how this impacts on migrants’ perceptions of their living conditions in Ireland’s housing system. Incorporated into this discussion, the role played by housing regulations and housing providers is outlined, as are migrants’ perceptions of any health implications linked to the quality of housing provided. Migrants’ housing is explored from a range of perspectives that evaluate how migrants’ normative meaning of home influences their sense of self-worth and security. This is framed around experiential categories intended to demonstrate how the various elements of home, both physical and emotional, combine in migrants’ rationalisation of their lived experiences in Ireland’s housing system. Finally, the expectations migrants have of their housing pathways in Ireland are outlined.

Keywords:   Quality, Health, Design, Homes, Preferences

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