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Article showed little to gain from migration

Published 25/07/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- Colum Kenny's article (Sunday Independent, July 18, 2010) on migration should be required reading for everybody but particularly for those who write, talk or make policies on migration.

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First, he makes the distinction between voluntary, involuntary and forced migration. Voluntary migration can be a beneficial experience. Involuntary migration, the kind we have seen out of Ireland for generations, is a different experience. Such people would stay if they had a choice. Forced migration, fleeing from persecution, is more harrowing again.

As Director of the Irish Immigrant Chaplaincy in Britain 1978-92, I have witnessed an exodus into Ireland from around the globe. There is nothing romantic about involuntary, coercive economic migration. Emigration is the human heart on a journey of hope. The grief of the left and the bereft hangs around for a long time.

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