Both Ballyhaunis and Gort can be described as being diverse towns

Both Ballyhaunis and Gort can be described as being diverse towns. In the last number of years people have migrated from Asia, the Middle East and from east European countries to the town of Ballyhanis in Co. Mayo. As well as this, Gort in Co. Galway has received over 1000 Brazilians since the 2000s.
Studies have been carried out to see exactly what the impact was on Ballyhaunis and Gort of these different nationalities living in these rural towns.
In order to conduct these studies, interviews were carried out on a number of people living in the towns – people who were natives to the towns of Balyhaunis and Gort and people who were immigrants living in the towns. However during this process it proved difficult to get non-natives to speak about their experiences.