industrial sector had been in rapid decline since
Ireland’s accession to the European Economic Community in 1972,
already relied heavily on investments by TNCs. One of the features of
globalrestructuring was large-scale disinvestment and relocation of TNC
activities. Irish growth rates declined and unemployment rates soared as
TNC disinvestments and the failure of new TNCs to invest in adequate
numbers complemented indigenous industrial decline. No one knew at
the time how a subsequent upturn of foreign investments would affect
specific regions like Ireland. Some experts
underpinned by the globalrestructuring of production and heightened insecurity.
Refugees fleeing war, persecution or environmental loss are part of this. The
greater number are the millions of guest workers drawn to the hotspots of global
economic activity, those in the international trade in coerced and bonded labour
and mobile professional and entrepreneurial elites. Needless to say, the experiences across that range could not be more divergent. A number of the patterns of
migration into Western Europe follow the entanglements of empire created by
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