“Hidden” Diasporas? Second- and Third-Generation Irish in England and Scotland

  • Bronwen Walter
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Bronwen Walter challenges the low profile of the Irish diaspora in Britain in the celebration of The Gathering in Ireland in 2013. This is part of an ongoing denial of the scale and significance of emigration to Britain, reflecting expectations of higher economic returns from Irish-American investors. Drawing on qualitative data from the Irish 2 Project, Walter shows that Britain also fails to acknowledge the specificity of Irish backgrounds, though there are important differences between England and Scotland. There is reluctance in England to disaggregate the “white” ethnic category, whilst in Scotland Irish-descent identities are still controversial and strongly contested.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bronwen Walter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridge, CambridgeshireUK

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