Immigration the Changing Face of Ireland
Economic, political and social motivations have driven people from all over the world to Irish shores.
While emigration has always been a part of Irish life, Ireland has in recent years become a destination for immigrants. Economic, political and social motivations have brought many nationalities to Irish shores, facilitated by a more open Europe.
Presented here are some stories of migration covered by RTÉ Television and Radio from the early 1960s to the rapid rise in immigration in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Reports range from the history of the Italian Community in Ireland, to the experiences of Vietnamese refugees as they arrive in Ireland seeking asylum. These reports tell the stories of people who have come to live in Ireland from all over the world, their experiences upon arrival and the levels of acceptance and assimilation as Ireland became their home.