Refugees and Forced Displacement in Northern Ireland's Troubles: Untold Journeys

Niall Gilmartin, Brendan Ciaran Browne

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Though forced displacement constituted a central and pervasive feature of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ effecting tens of thousands of citizens, remarkably it has been afforded little more than a footnote or fleeting reference in most accounts of the conflict. This book seeks to ‘end the silence’ surrounding this neglected and ubiquitous aspect of the conflict. Based on 88 in-depth qualitative interviews with victims and survivors, and extensive secondary research, this fascinating study provides the first comprehensive examination of forced displacement in Northern Ireland. The analysis presented captures the unique perspectives of those forcibly uprooted over the course of the 30-year conflict and places on historical record their stories and experiences. This thought-provoking work challenges and broadens prevailing understandings of conflict-related violence, harm, and loss in Northern Ireland to demonstrate the centrality of forced movement, territory, and demographics to the roots and subsequent trajectory of the Troubles. In doing so, it shows that to fully understand the eruption and outplaying of the Troubles and its elusive peace, engagement with and understanding of the legacy of forced displacement is crucial.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages232
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 4 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameMigrations and Identities
PublisherLiverpool University Press


  • Displacement
  • Refugees
  • Armed conflict
  • Northern Ireland
  • The Troubles


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