Ballymena: How do attitudes to immigration in Northern Ireland compare with the rest of the UK?

  Our final National Conversation on Immigration visit in Northern Ireland was to Ballymena, a town of 30,000 people near to the North Antrim coast. The citizens’ panel we met had constructive and balanced views about migration and believed that it had brought both benefits and some challenges to Northern Ireland. “I just think there Read more about Ballymena: How do attitudes to immigration in Northern Ireland compare with the rest of the UK?[…]

Derry/Londonderry: Brexit anxieties and border disputes

Our second Northern Ireland panel was held in the city of Derry or Londonderry, where again the discussion often focussed on issues that were specific to immigration and integration policy in Northern Ireland. These included fears that a hard land border between Ireland and the UK would jeopardise the peace process. Although our panel included Read more about Derry/Londonderry: Brexit anxieties and border disputes[…]

Dungannon: Why are attitudes to migration so different in this small, rural town?

Dungannon, 40 miles west of Belfast, could easily be compared to March, Cambridgeshire- which the National Conversation visited earlier on this year. Both towns sit within vast rural hinterlands, share an economic focus on agri-manufacturing and as a result, have seen rapid migration over the last fifteen years. Migration trends to both places began from Read more about Dungannon: Why are attitudes to migration so different in this small, rural town?[…]