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The Irish in Post-War Britain$
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Enda Delaney

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276677.001.0001

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People and Places

People and Places

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The Irish in Post-War Britain

Enda Delaney (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses where the Irish settled and how they coped with everyday life in Britain. The constant stream of arrivals since the mid-1930s nearly doubled London's Irish population in twenty years. In 1951, with a total of 111,671 people in the administrative county of London, the Irish were the largest single group of people born in any foreign or Commonwealth country, in Scotland or Wales, or in any other county in England and Wales, with the obvious exception of London itself. Migrants also settled in cities that had no previous established tradition of large-scale Irish settlement such as Birmingham, Coventry, and Leicester, all expanding centres of population in post-war Britain. The growth of the suburbs; the increasing numbers of Irish workers who engaged in a nomadic existence; and use of the term ‘Black Irish’ to refer to West Indian migrants are discussed.

Keywords:   post-war Britain, Irish settlement, immigrants, London, suburbs, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester

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