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Minority ethnic and migrant communities experience in Northern Ireland examined

6 September 2021

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee examines the health outcomes and healthcare experience of Northern Ireland’s minority ethnic and migrant communities 


Wednesday 8 September 2021

At 9.30am

  • Kendall Bousquet, Migration Justice Advocacy Officer, Migrant Centre NI
  • Caroline Coleman, Craigavon Traveller’s Support Community
  • Breidge Mc Pherson, BAME Advocacy Project Worker, Women’s Centre Derry

At 10.30am

  • John Patrick Clayton, Policy Officer, Unison

Life expectancy for Irish Travellers is significantly lower than the general Irish population; 15-years lower for men in the community according to the 2010 All-Ireland Traveller Health Study. In written evidence to the Committee, the Craigavon Travellers Support Committee highlighted the lack of a co-ordinated Government-led strategy or approach towards tackling inequalities.

Many people from ethnic minority and migrant communities work within the healthcare sector in Northern Ireland. Issues likely to be discussed during the session include experiences of discrimination and racism within the workplace, and the effects of the pandemic on workers.

During the session, which is the first oral evidence session of the Committee’s inquiry, MPs on the Committee are also likely to probe:

  • quality and extent of mental health support available;
  • the causes of poor health outcomes and the impact of other policy areas like housing and employment on mental and physical health;
  • experiences of refugees in accessing healthcare in NI.

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