‘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