The research was commissioned by the Ireland Fund of Great Britain to inform its Forgotten Irish Campaign and decisions about where to deploy funds most effectively. It aimed to identify groups of Irish people who have experienced problems settling in Britain but who, for personal or economic reasons, are reluctant or unable to return to Ireland. They may be isolated and lack support in Britain, especially as they get older, but have little contact with family in Ireland. It is this group which has become the focus of the Forgotten Irish Campaign. The research used a range of evidence – from national statistics, local research reports and key informant interviews – to identify particular groups who suffer disadvantage and specific issues which disproportionately affect the Irish population. Some of these groups – such as single elderly men – are well known to organisations working with the Irish community. The research provides further evidence of the inter-related problems which they face. The research also uncovered evidence of other problems which particularly affect the Irish population in Britain and of groups within the Irish community who face specific difficulties but whose needs are not widely acknowledged either by mainstream service providers or by Irish services.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Project Report)|
This paper was subsequently presented at 'Ageing population' conference held at Middlesex University, July 2010.
|Research Areas:||Law > Social Policy & Administration|
|Deposited On:||04 Aug 2010 09:23|
|Last Modified:||06 Feb 2013 12:22|
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