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Portuguese Migrant Worker Experiences in Northern Ireland's Market Town Economy

Eaton, Martin (2010) Portuguese Migrant Worker Experiences in Northern Ireland's Market Town Economy. Portuguese Studies, 26 (1). pp. 10-26. [Journal article]

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Post-millennium Portuguese migrant worker flow has seen Northern Ireland emerge as a focal point. Several thousand migrants have been recruited by employment agencies to work in the region's agricultural harvesting/food processing industries. This article outlines experiences of key migration players in the market towns of Duingannon and Portadown. Analysis shows the Portuguese worker has had significant impact in supplementing and segmenting the local labour market. Problems have emerged and communities have belatedly responded; some attempt has been made to integrate these workers more closely into work and social arenas. However, it is argued that this is a slow process and many Portuguese in Northern Ireland remain in a state of flux.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Migrant workers, Northern Ireland, employment agencies, local labour market, flux
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
ID Code:16844
Deposited By: Dr Martin Eaton
Deposited On:17 Feb 2011 14:44
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:05

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