As the report declares the immigration of Irish to America would still have been high even in the absence of the potato famine. America had great economic opportunities and compared to Ireland. This prompted people from Ireland to migrate to the United States. Some of them had moved to America before the famine. They settled in cities such as Boston, New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Their relatives and neighbors who had already settled in these cities attracted some, while others went there for jobs. Irish men secured jobs as casual laborers and construction workers. The settlement of the Irish in the United States had an impact on the social, political,and economic aspects of the United States.
This paper discusses that the migration of the Irish influenced the American society’s social conditions in a number of ways. Initially, when they went to the America,Irish immigrants were poor and could not afford proper and decent housing. Most of them worked as unskilled laborers, earning low wages. They therefore settled in slums where the conditions of living were poor. Because of their large numbers, the Irish felt more secure living together. Thus, they inhabited and settled in places that turned out to be the worst slums in the United States of America. Irish immigrants lived in single-roomed houses, which had no ventilation and natural light. Sanitation was poor in the places they lived, and their housed were often flooded with sewer.