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Saturday, November 06, 2004

UK: plight of the forgotten million of Irish migrant workers

from The Guardian:

... many of the elderly men who built London's underground, the motorways, the railways and the women who served as "domestics" sending home an estimated €3.5bn (£2.4bn) during Ireland's darkest days - are growing old in subhuman conditions in the UK.

When Ireland's state broadcaster, RTE, showed footage of Mr Scully and other destitute Irish with no running water, no sanitation and no hope, the country was horrified.
[Irish people] are the only ethnic minority group to have shortened their lifespan by coming to Britain. They have the highest rate of mental illness and are 50% more likely to commit suicide and nine times more likely to suffer from alcoholism than British people.

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related story: 'We worked from 4am to 9pm, sending all our wages home'


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