Irwin, McAreavey and Murphy, The Economic and Social Mobility of Ethnic Minority Communities in Northern Ireland
This research examines poverty across the different ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland, following a period of unprecedented inward migration. The report aims to address significant gaps in knowledge and data on employment patterns and experiences of ethnic minority communities. It found that: The worst outcomes relating to economic activity, labour market participation, education and health were among the Irish Traveller community; Ability in spoken English is perceived as a key factor in supporting promotion and progression in the labour market; and Focus groups with individuals of various ethnic minority backgrounds highlighted a perception that ‘ethnic markers’, along with unfamiliarity with formal recruitment practices and a lack of networks, played a significant role in restricting access to the labour market. Ethnic minorities were at particular risk of in-work poverty.