Comparing migrant integration in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Inward migration to Ireland and Northern Ireland has been an important change in recent decades. This event launches the ESRI’s report comparing migrant integration in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The research was undertaken as part of a joint research programme between the Department of Taoiseach’s Shared Island Unit and the ESRI.

The report compares the composition of the migrant populations, migrants’ employment profile, migrant-origin young people’s academic outcomes and well-being, as well as attitudes to migrants in both jurisdictions. It also considers migrants’ experience of the border in Ireland in the context of Brexit. 

Event programme


Registration [coffee and tea provided]



Prof. Helen Russell (ESRI) and Eoghan Duffy (Shared Island Unit, Department of the Taoiseach)


Presentation of ‘Comparing Migrant Integration in Ireland and Northern Ireland’ report

Dr Frances McGinnity and Dr James Laurence (ESRI report authors)


Q&A session on report


Panel discussion

Moderator: Sorcha Pollack

Cllr. Lilian Seenoi-Barr (North-West Migrants Forum and Councillor for Derry and Strabane District Council)

Ivy Goddard (Project Director of Inter Ethnic Forum, Mid and East Antrim)

Dr Lucy Michael (Researcher and Director of Lucy Michael Research)

Mariaam Bhatti (Community Development and Social Policy Practitioner, Community Organiser, Migrant Worker)


Q&A session


Event close [light lunch]