Gilmartin, Mary and Migge, Bettina
Working through a recession.
Translocations: Migration and Social Change, 7 (1).
This paper focuses on the experiences of migrants at work in Ireland during
the ongoing recession. It draws on a broader longitudinal qualitative study of two recent
migrant cohorts, and challenges dominant understandings of recent migration to Ireland
as economic and temporary, showing instead the complex ways in which migrants
experience and understand work in their new homes. A general discussion of migrants at
work in Ireland is followed by an examination of the impact of neoliberalism on working
lives. The impacts of the recession are then discussed in detail, with particular reference
to (under)employment and the new limits to migrant mobility that have emerged. The
paper concludes with a brief discussion of the importance of this issue, both for
understanding working lives and migrant lives.
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