OECD Observer
From Goias to Galway
brazil, oecd, migration, ireland

Brazilian Jobert Marinho stands in the doorway of his local gym, where he trains, in Gort, County Galway, November 2014. 

Irish migration is no longer just about leaving the country, but moving to it, too, and from all over the world. Migration to Galway, for instance, was strong during the Celtic Tiger years, leading Ireland’s third largest urban area to become one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. Mr Marinho moved to Gort with his family five years earlier from the central Brazilian state of Goias, joining some 400 of his compatriots in this rural town of 2 600 people. Known locally as Little Brazil, according to reports, at one point a third of residents were Brazilian. The billboard on the left announces the visit to Gort’s boxing club of Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor.

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©OECD Observer No 305 Q1 2016