- Philanthropist Vere Foster, who accompanied Irish emigrants from Liverpool to New York in December 1850. (qtd. in Gray, The Irish Famine 105)
Emigration became the most viable option for many Irish groups at the height of the famine. For the British government, they were able to get rid of the Irish famine problem by shipping them away to another nation. Thereby it ceased being their problem, and they could save their money and resources. Some British officials even assisted Irish emigrants in paying the fare for their journey. For the Irish population, emigration gave them a way out of the famine situation, and helped them get a fresh start in a different place. Here you can learn about how emigration worked during the famine years and also why emigration was such a viable option for relief.