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The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland

Inquiry

Data from the Northern Ireland Census 2011 illustrates that 1.8% (32,400) of the population belonged to non-white minority ethnic groups; and 2% (35,700) had been born in the 12 countries that had joined the EU since 2004. Northern Ireland was the least ethnically diverse region in the UK. 

Since then, trends in people’s attitudes towards minority ethnic and migrant people, and levels of racist incidents and crimes, have fluctuated. Some 30 per cent of people believed that racial prejudice was increasing in 2019, compared with 49 per cent in 2016 and 2017; 24 per cent believed it was decreasing in 2019, compared with 11 per cent in 2016.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry to investigate and explore the experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people and communities in Northern Ireland today.

Read the full terms of reference here, and the evidence heard so far under the 'publications' tab below.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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20 October 2021
Inquiry The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
Witnesses Michele Janes (Head of Barnardo's NI at Barnardo's Northern Ireland), Geraldine McGahey OBE (Chief Commissioner at Equality Commission for Northern Ireland), and Mr Paul Noonan (Senior Policy Officer, Public Policy and Strategic Engagement Team at Equality Commission for Northern Ireland)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
15 September 2021
Inquiry The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
Witnesses Sgt Richard Williams (Chair at Ethnic Minority Police Association (NI)), and Mr. Andy George (President at National Black Police Association)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
15 September 2021
Inquiry The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
Witnesses Liz Griffith (Policy Officer at Law Centre NI), Lilian Seenoi-Barr (Director Of Operations at North West Migrants Forum (NWMF)), and Ronnie Vellem (Secretary at Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS))
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
MEM0031 - The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
Witnesses Jacqueline Monahan (Roma Hub Coordinator at Forward South Partnership)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
MEM0030 - The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
Witnesses Gerry McGrath (T/Chief Superintendent at Police Service of Northern Ireland)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
MEM0029 - The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
Witnesses Stephen Long (Advanced Practitioner Community Development at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

No other publications published.

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