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"Over eight million people emigrated from Ireland during the nineteenth century. Every generation contributed to a greater or lesser degree to this movement which was already entrenched before the Famine.
The effects of the Famine years were to bring about an extension of the concept of emigration from one of betterment for the few to one of simple survival for the many.
This was equally true in the case of emigration to north America, to Australasia or to Britain."
This article looks at the effects of the Famine on Irish emigration patterns to Great Britain during the decade from 1841-51.