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Gilligan, Robbie and Curry, Philip and McGrath, Judy and Murphy, Derek and Ní Raghallaigh, Muireann and Rogers, Margaret and Scholtz,, Jennifer Jean and Gilligan Quinn, Aoife (2010) In the front line of integration: young people managing migration to Ireland. Dublin: Children's Research Centre.

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Executive Summary
•This research aimed to find out what life is like for young people aged 15 to 18 who have migrated to Ireland.
•169 migrant young people from sites purposefully selected across the county took part in open-ended focus group discussions. Although not formally representative, the results give us a flavour of the views that may be found among migrant youth living in Ireland today. It is the first national study of its kind.
•The young people we spoke to faced many challenges dealing with differences between life in Ireland and the life they had known prior to migration. These differences existed in many areas such as how older and younger generations are expected to relate, rules and expectations for students in school and how people interact with one another socially. Each young person had to find their own way, day in day out, of adjusting to these challenges.

•Friendships with local Irish young people were valued. These were also a useful means of acquiring language and accent. However experiences were mixed with some finding it easy to make friends locally, others finding it difficult, and others not particularly wanting it.
•Barriers to friendships with local Irish young people included perceived differences in cultural background, language and accent, differences in educational and life experience, racism and differences in attitude towards education, authority, religion and alcohol.
•Many migrant young people are unfamiliar with the ‘slagging’ (mostly friendly trading in insults) which is common currency among local Irish young people and some struggle to understand and adjust to it. ‘Slagging’ is often harmless, but at times it can be a vehicle for more genuine hostility.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
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All substances
90 p.
Children's Research Centre
Place of Publication
Published by the Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College in association with the Trinity Immigration Initiative Children, Youth and Community Relations Project.
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HRB (Electronic Only)
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