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Ireland: a migrant’s tale

Increasing numbers of people are expected to emigrate from Ireland over the next few years. But it will hardly amount to an exodus

By Colin Murphy   January 2011

Taking to the boats: a long Irish tradition, once again on the rise

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“An enormous migration takes place between Britain and Ireland,” said David Cameron on 23rd November. “If the Irish economy collapsed, that would have a huge impact on Irish people coming to the UK for work.” Ireland has a long tradition of doing just this. This time, though, it’s different.

Martyna moved to Dublin in 2005 and found work as an architect, an apartment and a boyfriend. In 2009, the office grew quiet. Last October,…

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