Migration: Northern Ireland

Research Report: Immigration and Refugee Protection in Northern Ireland: An Analysis of public attitudes

This report provides insight into the opinions of Northern Irish residents about their society, its perceived prospects and place in the world, as well as attitudes to immigration and to refugee protection policies. SCI commissioned this research to support effective communications for activists and organisations and to provide policy makers with insights for effective public engagement for policy change.

“A majority of people in Northern Ireland remain warm towards incoming new communities, including refugees and migrants.”

Read the survey’s key findings on page 3 and recommendations on page 8 of the Executive Summary. 




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Attitude segments of the Northern Ireland population

The research was conducted by Martha Fanning Research.

The project was supported in part by Unbound Philanthropy and St. Steven’s Green Trust, and benefited from the input and guidance of the Law Centre (NI).

SCI published a parallel study on the Republic of Ireland and provided some support to an analogous survey in The Netherlands.

SCI commissioned additional reports on attitudes to migration in partnership with More in Common in FranceGermanyItaly, and Greece.

Research of this nature has been undertaken by Hope not Hate and others, in England and Wales.