Poverty and Ethnicity in Northern Ireland: An Evidence Review

Alison Wallace, Ruth McAreavey, Karl Atkin

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report provides an overview of the research evidence on the relationship between poverty and ethnicity in Northern Ireland. After a period of increasing ethnic diversity, the review was concerned with understanding how issues of poverty affect people from different minority ethnic communities and their ability to access and secure good outcomes from key services. A comprehensive literature review and focus groups with people from the Roma, Somali, Chinese and Polish communities, and with local stakeholders, provide the basis for the report. The report discusses: • how new migrants have joined long-standing communities of people from minority ethnic groups; • how the policy framework to address racial inequalities in Northern Ireland is relatively new; • how people from minority ethnic groups experience low incomes and access services; and • how the legacy of conflict in the region may affect minority ethnic groups.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJoseph Rowntree Foundation
Number of pages63
ISBN (Print)978 1 85935 955 6
Publication statusPublished - 04 Feb 2013

Bibliographical note

Report is the result of collaborative research with significant policy impact. Following the launch of the research report 3 questions were tabled by MLAs in Stormont and a seminar was planned with OFMDFM, also a discussion with the All-party Committee in March 2013.


  • poverty, ethnicity, migrants, welfare, review

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