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Recent migrants to Northern Ireland: understanding new configurations of ‘community’

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It is traditional to describe Northern Ireland in terms of two communities, Protestants and Catholics. That simple binary is no longer sufficient to describe a situation where the arrival of new migrant communities has changed force field in which inter-community relations are played out. This article will examine the experiences of the recent migrants, looking at the extent to which their social interactions are framed by legislation, and the shaping power of other influences, in particular economic, cultural and social factors. It draws upon research the author has been involved in since 2005, and is based on a series of interviews and focus groups with migrants themselves and the support agencies that work with them. The article begins with an account of the history of minority ethnic groups in Northern Ireland and their current numerical strength as detailed in the 2011 census.

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Author(s): McAreavey R

Editor(s): Murray, M. McKay, S. and Murtagh, B.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: A Sense of Place: Multidisciplinary Essays in Honour of Malachy McEldowney.

Year: 2015

Print publication date: 29/05/2015

Acceptance date: 31/07/2014

Publisher: Institute Spatial & Environmental Planning, Queen's University Belfast

Place Published: Belfast, UK

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780955134722