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Unravelling the complexities of poverty in a New Immigration Destination: migrants in Northern Ireland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ruth McAreaveyORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by The Policy Press, 2019.

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This chapter uses migrants’ experiences of poverty in Northern Ireland to consider the way in which poverty is experienced across transnational boundaries. The research draws from empirical data from Northern Ireland, a place which until relatively recently experienced little in-migration. It begins by considering the meaning of poverty and how it is understood transnationally i.e. across national boundaries. The chapter proceeds by showing how migrants shift their framing of poverty according to different circumstances. Poverty is also shown to bring with it physical and emotional vulnerabilities and can cause anxiety, indignity and insecurity for the individuals involved. Finally the chapter highlights the importance of third party support from the sending or receiving society for overcoming the consequences of poverty.

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Author(s): McAreavey R

Editor(s): Gaisbauer, HP; Schweiger, G; Sedmak, C

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Year: 2019

Pages: 211-228

Print publication date: 03/04/2019

Acceptance date: 26/03/2018

Publisher: The Policy Press

Place Published: Bristol


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ISBN: 9781447341284