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From Porto to Portadown: Portuguese workers in Northern Ireland's labour market

Eaton, Martin (2007) From Porto to Portadown: Portuguese workers in Northern Ireland's labour market. Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 6 (3). pp. 171-191. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1386/pjss.6.3171/1


While North-Western Europe remains the principal destination for Portugueseemigrants, post-millennium flow has seen the United Kingdom (UK) and NorthernIreland (NI), in particular, emerging as a focal point. As part of a changinglabour market demand and supply process, several thousand migrants have nowbeen recruited by agencies to work in the region’s rurally based food processingindustries. This article quantifies the resurgence of Portuguese emigration trails,explores their recent distribution patterns, and evaluates the role of employmentintermediaries in facilitating the flow. Using qualitative discursive techniques theexperiences of these players are examined before determining their impacts on thelocal labour market. Results show that benefits have been brought to a number oflocalised economies suffering from shortages and working patterns based on substitutionand segmentation have been fundamentally altered. At the same time,some small towns have struggled to adapt to this influx and concerns have beenraised in relation to work-based problems and the pace of developmental changeassociated with the growing numbers of Portuguese emigrants in NorthernIreland.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
ID Code:29961
Deposited By: Dr Martin Eaton
Deposited On:20 Oct 2014 14:43
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:15

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