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    Ethnic Identity and Integration among Brazilians in Gort, Ireland

    Sheringham, Olivia (2009) Ethnic Identity and Integration among Brazilians in Gort, Ireland. Irish Migration Studies in Latin America 7 (1), pp. 93-104. ISSN 1661-6065.

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    This paper explores the relationship between ethnic identity and integration among Brazilian migrants in the Irish town of Gort in County Galway. According to recent estimates, the population of Gort is now over 30% Brazilian, yet very little is known about the experiences of the migrants themselves. Responding to the striking dearth of research on this significant ‘new’ migrant group in Ireland, the study examines how the everyday practices and interactions of the migrants themselves impact upon their situation and the places to which they are connected. It contributes to this growing field of research through discussing the complex relationship between ‘integration’ and ‘transnationalism’, how it is manifested in this particular case, as well as the wider conceptual and policy implications. The paper also draws on empirical research conducted with Brazilians and Irish residents in Gort. It reveals how the experiences of Brazilians reflect a positive interaction and identification with both Irish and Brazilian identities and places. However, the paper also points to the limitations of the situation, and the barriers that continue to exist to the ‘structural integration’ of Gort Brazilians.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2020 10:18
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:06


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