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Updated 09/12/14

‘The social and economic benefits of immigration are clear and we are all acutely aware of the profound impact that immigration has had here. Immigrants have brought a new dynamism and many ideas from which we all benefit. However, it is up to us all – the Executive; Government Departments; Councils; Community Groups; and individual citizens to ensure that we are adequately prepared to welcome the arrival of newcomers.’

OFMDFM Junior Minister Jonathan Bell speaking at the NI Strategic Migration Partnership, October 2011

The Framework for dealing with Rights and Relationships

Until recently we had a focus on Community Relations strategies that address the divisions between Protestant and Catholic communities. The term Good Relations has been applied to dealing positively with all forms of different identity including nationality or ethnicity.  Read more