Dr Ruth McAreavey (QUB)
During the past two decades a predominant pattern of emigration has been reversed in Northern Ireland, as it became a destination for many different migrants. There is evidence of Sudanese seeking refuge, Filipino nurses taking up employment opportunities and Polish workers shoring up meat processing industries. A rich mix of ethnic groups can therefore be found across Northern Ireland. This is not just confined to urban centres; rural and urban areas have been recipients of in-migrants. This presentation will provide a brief overview of recent patterns and processes of migration to Northern Ireland and the major challenges arising for our society. The key policy questions considered will be the role of the state and civil society for building positive inter-group relations and the opportunities for migrants to achieve economic and social mobility.
Date of seminar: 9 January 2014.