For a long time the society in Northern Ireland has been considered in binary terms of Protestantism or Catholicism, reflecting the two majority communities. Tradition and culture have long played an important role for these communities and the latest arrival of migrants has complicated this already complex picture. Problems have arisen with respect to social attitudes with incidences of discrimination being experienced by particular groups. Clearly cohesion and positive integration is not necessarily something that flows from an appropriate legislative framework. But equally, and perhaps more optimistically, early indications are that civil society and locality are important for building positive inter-group relations. This article presents a brief overview of recent patterns and processes of migration to Northern Ireland. It is based on ongoing research into this subject that has been conducted by the author since 2005. It presents the key features of recent migration before identifying some challenges arising for our society.
|Number of pages||2|
|Specialist publication||Humanism Ireland|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jul 2013|
Bibliographical notebased on a talk given to HUMANI on 9th May
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)