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MPs to question chief of NI’s Equality Commission on schooling and housing for minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland

19 October 2021

MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will question the chief of Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission, Geraldine McGahey, in the third session of the inquiry into minority ethnic and migrant experiences. 


Purpose of the session

The session will investigate progress on implementing racial equality policies as well as concerns with schooling and housing for refugees and Irish Travellers. A previous session of the Committee’s inquiry heard how Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland had been placed in “poor housing stock” and are “trapped within a system of poverty and trauma” due to high rents.

The head of Barnardo’s NI Michele Janes will also give evidence on minority ethnic and migrant children’s experiences in education and schools. Previous sessions of this inquiry focused on the experiences of healthcare, policing and hate crime.


Wednesday 20 October

At 9.30am

  • Chief Commissioner, Mrs Geraldine McGahey OBE, Equality Commission for NI
  • Michele Janes, Head of Barnardo’s NI
  • Geraldine McGahey, Chief Commissioner, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Further information

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