Irish immigration to Scotland - scottish irish relations

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Irish immigration to Scotland - scottish irish relations

  1. 1. Today many people are opposed to immigration; this was also true in the past. The Irish were not always welcomed in Scotland, for various reasons.
  2. 2. When many people think of Ireland, they think about the religious divide in the north. This divide followed the Irish to Scotland, with immigrant groups split into Protestant and Catholic.
  3. 3. Most Irish immigrants were Catholic and were spread across Scotland. Irish protestants tended to settle in the west coast, especially Ayrshire, parts of Lanarkshire and Glasgow. The violent divides of the ‘old country’ still existed.
  4. 4. Like today, many Scots opposed immigration. There were many reasons for this, mostly to do with the workplace. Scots were worried that the Irish would take their jobs or reduce average wages.
  5. 5. Other Scots believed that the Irish were violent and had poor morals. Many others opposed Catholicism, meaning they opposed mass Irish immigration. The Irish religious divide did not help here.
  6. 6. However not all Scots opposed Irish immigrants. Employers thought they could be good workers. Others welcomed the Protestant Irish more than Catholics.

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