Refugee Influx Could Resuscitate Ireland’s Ghost Towns
With a little luck, this could work. Many small Irish towns emptied of young people after the 2008 financial crash hit the country hard and jobs were scarce. But hamlets like Ballaghaderreen have seen hundreds of refugees arrive and restart the local economy, moving into houses that had been left empty. Of course, some of those homes may be derelict, dangerous or impractical for refugees with families who need to find long-term housing solutions — and who may decide to leave for cities with more abundant job opportunities.