Wednesday 21 March 2018

Article showed little to gain from migration

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.

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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