Irish immigration to Scotland - where did the irish live in scotland

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Irish immigration to Scotland - where did the irish live in scotland

  1. 1. Scotland was facing its own emigration and problems in the 1800s. So what pull factors brought the Irish to Scotland? And once here, where did they live?
  2. 2. Distance The major reason the Irish moved to Scotland was that it was close to home. A short distance meant cheaper travel costs. The new steamers also allowed people to go home.
  3. 3. Better wages Many Irish people found they could get higher wages in Scotland doing the same jobs. In some places this could be nine times as much as they would earn in Ireland.
  4. 4. Jobs were available The Industrial Revolution meant Scotland needed more workers. This was especially true in the textile, coal and iron industries. Some employers even paid housing and travel costs to attract the Irish.
  5. 5. Family and friends Like Scottish emigrants, many Irish who settled in Scotland wrote letters home encouraging family and friends to do the same. Other Irish were then attracted by the prospect of a better life in Scotland.
  6. 6. Where did the Irish live? Simply put, the Irish went wherever there was jobs. In 1841 there around 126,000 Irish-born people in Scotland. By 1881 this had almost doubled to 219,000.
  7. 7. The largest number of Irish settled in the west coast, especially around Glasgow. Many Irish went to the east coast, especially Dundee and Edinburgh. Dundee Irish went due to jute jobs. The city had the highest proportion of Irish.
  8. 8. The Irish were not welcomed everywhere they went. Some Scots were worried about the effects of very poor Irish people. Others complained about the Irish taking jobs, and also about religion too.

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