Race relations in Northern Ireland:
Past, present and future
In 2020, Black Lives Matter brought solidarity against global racism to our island, with responses to demonstrations throwing Northern Ireland’s race relations into sharp focus. But the experiences of people from migrant and minority ethnic communities across Ireland, North and South, extend far into our histories.
In early 2021, researchers spoke to people from a range of communities living in Northern Ireland for their perspectives on the long history of interaction, engagement, contribution and exchange of migrant and ethnic minority communities on this island. This included representatives of civil society organisations, politicians and researchers who are invested in improving race relations. The resulting short film screened at this event foregrounds challenges about the present moment and expresses hope for the future of racial justice and equality in Northern Ireland.
Join us for this interactive online event about the issues raised in the film, and to share perspectives, concerns and hopes about race relations in Northern Ireland – past, present and future! This is a project undertaken by the MME Council of Northern Ireland.