The Social and Economic Mobility of Ethnic Minority Communities in Northern Ireland

Ruth McAreavey, Jenny Irwin, Niall Murphy

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This report provides evidence of the degree, nature and drivers of poverty across the different ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland. The 2011 Census highlighted some very different outcomes for ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland across various indicators related to poverty. Through focus groups and interviews with employees and employers, this study further reveals how far the labour market is segmented among different ethnic minority communities. It also reviews government legislation and strategies relevant to Northern Ireland and the impact of these on poverty among ethnic minority groups. The report: • highlights employees’ difficulties in accessing relevant employment; • investigates employers’ procedures for recruitment, staff retention and development; • outlines government initiatives and programmes to support employees; and • reviews the level of uptake and success of government support for ethnic minority groups seeking employment or setting up a business.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherJoseph Rowntree Foundation
Number of pages72
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 909 586239
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • ethnicity, poverty, Northern Ireland, economic mobility


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