Migration to Northern Ireland

Ruth McAreavey

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationHumanism Ireland
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2013

Bibliographical note

based on a talk given to HUMANI on 9th May


  • equality
  • ethnicity
  • poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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