Cosmopolitan Ireland. Time to Embrace Change.

Clarke, Ruth (2000) Cosmopolitan Ireland. Time to Embrace Change. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

[img] PDF (Bachelor of Arts)
Download (2MB)


Even though there is an economic boom in Ireland today, which has brought jobs and hopes for the future, the 'welcome on the mat" has gone.

There are many changes that have occurred in recent years, these changes that have led to many complicated issues of which there are no easy solutions.

In this dissertation, the most obvious issues will be discussed, those issues being:
- There are 1,000 immigrants arriving in Ireland every month.
- Government policies regarding asylum are "a shambles".
- There is an accommodation crisis.
- Racism exists in Ireland and is growing.

Ireland as a country has changed from the days of dancing in the parlour.

Why are we so afraid of change?

With great awareness of the challenge of undertaking a project with such social and political implications for discussion, this dissertation has been written with the aim to further the debate, and to enlighten those who read the study that all is not so "Black and White".

These issues are relatively new to Ireland and its government, even though it's almost a century since the first commission for refugee was mandated to help refugees.

This is no excuse and it cannot be put down to beginners ignorance.

The subjects on which the country is learning, are not scripts, they are not actors, they are not textbooks, they are 'real' people.

The 'real' reasons that there are asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland is because they have had to flee their homelands fearing for their lives because of;
- Political Opinion.
- Religious Beliefs.
- Race.
- Nationality
- Membership of a particular social group

It is also important to state that these people;
- Did not want to leave their country.
- They did not choose to come here.
- They left their country because they feared for their lives.

Thus, to sum up the overall shape and thrust of this study, one could say that its unifying thread is a threefold purpose:
(a) To expose the cruelties and hardships that refugees and asylum seekers face on a day to day basis in our own country; IRELAND, and,
(b) To encourage the reader to develop a compassionate interest in basic Human Rights Affairs, and,
(c) To show that it has been dealt with before in other countries in a more favourable manner than of how its being treated in Ireland.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Asylum Seekers and Refugees
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Racism
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 17:12
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2014 09:52

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item