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Patterns and processes of recent migration to Northern Ireland

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ruth McAreaveyORCiD



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This paper describes patterns and processes of recent migration to Northern Ireland. The significance of space and place in relation to migrants’ incorporation within new destinations is explored before considering the particular context of migration to Northern Ireland, a divided society. Drawing from the 2011 Census, we present recent migration and settlement patterns in Northern Ireland. Key emerging patterns include the rural nature of migration, variation among migrant groups, and the spatial concentration of migrant communities within particular localities. This exploration of spatial patterns is expanded on through a consideration of the localised processes of migration according to the themes of Finding Housing and Neighbourhood Interactions. In conclusion, we explore the implications of the data presented, reflecting on spatial problems and spatial solutions in an increasingly ethnically diverse Northern Ireland.

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Author(s): Doyle C, McAreavey R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Irish Geography

Year: 2016

Volume: 49

Issue: 1

Print publication date: 31/12/2016

Online publication date: 05/12/2016

Acceptance date: 30/11/2016

Date deposited: 17/01/2017

ISSN (print): 0075-0778

ISSN (electronic): 1939-4055

Publisher: Geographical Society of Ireland


DOI: 10.2014/igj.v49i1.645


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