Emigration in Ireland in the 1950s

Due to its interaction with Britain while under its rule, it inherited the same problems that were the ailing majority of European nations. These problems included Emigration, unemployment. uneven Geographical development in the young country and a native industrial base was lacking which showed it needed to venture more into industrialization to achieve better goals (University College Cork, Ireland).
These problems made the country to lag behind and especially due to the economic constraints that were hitting many parts of Europe, people started to migrate to the better part that could guarantee them a better living. The migrations peaks recorded in Irish history were in the 1950s. During this time the Irish economy had retarded and due to the fact, the living standards became worse. Emigration in Ireland led to the population falling drastically by almost 50% over the years and the country is still recovering from that. The Emigration debacle started to decline in the late 1980s when the economy became better.
Ireland has been classified as one of the countries which have been affected a lot by emigration. In the 1950s it lost more than 20% of its population and the consequences were devastating ranging from reduced manpower to run the industries to lack of market for its processed goods. The destination of the emigrants has been identified to be North America, New Zealand, Australia and Britain who took the large share while few others were located to have moved to other European countries as well as the United States (Miller, 1988). The period in the 1950s has been identified as the worst moment or the moment of doom and gloom in the history of Ireland. It is a decade that succeeded the great famine and so the economy of the country was crawling on its knees. On 1949, The Irish state had become a republic thereby disengaging itself from the umbrella of the British Commonwealth.&nbsp.

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