Migration and Empire - economic impact of immigration on Scotland

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Migration and Empire - economic impact of immigration on Scotland

  1. 1. LEARNING INTENTIONS • Describe the economic impact that immigration had on Scotland
  2. 2. The economic impact of immigration covers four main issues: • Employment • Wages • New businesses • Workplace rights
  3. 3. Employment One of the main reasons that the Irish immigrants came to Scotland was to find work. They did a range of jobs including mining in Lanarkshire or mill work in Dundee.
  4. 4. Scottish people had mixed views about the Irish. Many Scots were angry, believing the Irish were taking jobs from them. However Scottish employers were often glad of the chance to have a bigger workforce.
  5. 5. Wages Immigrants were often attracted to Scotland by higher wages (often six times as high as in Ireland). However poorer Scots workers believed that different immigrant groups led to lower wages.
  6. 6. New businesses Many immigrants set up their own businesses, making money and eventually creating jobs. Italian immigrants set up cafes. Irishman Thomas Lipton became a millionaire
  7. 7. Workplace rights Many Irish immigrants became involved in workplace campaigns to get better rights. Irishmen set up the Glasgow Cotton Spinners Association, to improve working conditions there.

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