By Michelle Hough, communications officer with Caritas Internationalis
When I was 5 years old, my dad went to work in Nigeria for a year. He mended big earth moving machines, and there were very few jobs in this line in England in the late 1970s. He could have either stayed in the UK, where he would have been unemployed and unable to support his family, or go to Africa.
In the 1930s my dad’s parents left an impoverished Ireland to find work in London. Twenty years before that, my maternal great grandfather left Ireland to go and work in the Welsh coal mines.