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.