Until very recently it was unusual to meet someone from another country in Northern Ireland but it was very common to have family members who were working elsewhere. Within the last couple of decades we have seen dramatic change, with people from many different nationalities coming here to study, work or visit. The sudden increase in inward migration has been bewildering for many local people and this section of the website sets out to help with understanding immigration, its impact on society, and on the people from other countries and ethnic backgrounds who find themselves here.
The Migration pages seek to answer questions, explain why people move from country to country, the system in the UK, and what it is like for the people who have come here.
The Immigration Enforcement section looks at how the authorities deal with people who are thought to have broken our immigration rules.
The Racism pages examine its causes and effects and the initiatives taken to prevent it.
The Asylum section looks at why people are forced to flee from persecution in their own country, how many come here, the system for applying for asylum, and what people experience in the process.
There is increased public awareness of modern day slavery in our country in the form of people trafficking and this gross form of exploitation is examined in the Trafficking section.