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Migration in childhood and its impact on national identity construction among migrants from Northern Ireland

Devlin Trew, Johanne (2009) Migration in childhood and its impact on national identity construction among migrants from Northern Ireland. Irish Studies Review, 17 (3). pp. 297-314. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09670880903115512

DOI: 10.1080/09670880903115512


While there is currently only a tiny literature available on Northern Ireland migration,nothing at all has as yet been published relating to the subject of the province’s childmigrants. This paper focuses on the migration experiences of individuals who migratedas children to and from Northern Ireland, based on interview narratives collectedduring the course of two studies on contemporary migration from Ireland, North andSouth, conducted from 2004 to 2008. In all cases, these experiences triggered identityissues for the individuals which have played out subsequently in their lives in differentways. In particular, the author seeks to understand how the memory of these eventscontinues to construct present realities for these individuals. What awareness did thesechildren have of sectarianism, of the Northern Ireland conflict? What was theirreception in the host country and upon return to Northern Ireland? How have theseexperiences contributed to their identities in the present and their sense of belonging toIreland, North and South?

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:children; migration; narratives; national identity; Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > Institute of Ulster Scots Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:13156
Deposited By: Dr Johanne Devlin Trew
Deposited On:16 May 2010 13:01
Last Modified:16 Mar 2012 12:51

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