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Migrant and Minority Ethnic Research Report launched

PVC welcomes publication of research report into migrant and ethnic minority matters in Northern Ireland.

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Professor Emma Flynn, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's, has welcomed the publication of a report mapping research produced by Northern Ireland universities, related to matters about migrant and ethnic minority (MME) peoples in Northern Ireland.

The report was informed by a systematic search process to identify, collate and ‘tag’ relevant research papers, dissertations and translation activities undertaken by scholars of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. The project was undertaken by Dr Dina Zoe Belluigi of the School of Social Science, Education and Social Work, and research assistant Amanda Lubit, on behalf of community partners, the MME Council.

The project was supported in part by Queen’s University Belfast through the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

"Queen's University is delighted to have helped support this project" said Professor Flynn, "which does such important work in collating and highlighting our research about Northern Ireland and its migrant and minority ethnic communities.

"Bringing attention to research about our local context and communities is very much aligned with our commitment to shaping a better world outlined in our Social Charter".

The report, launched on Thursday 27 May 2021, is intended to inform discussion; to increase public access to robust research; to encourage analysis of the evidence gaps; and to generate recommendations for further research.

The report was also welcomed by Belfast Lord Mayor, Alderman Frank McCoubrey, who said: "This report is hugely significant, in that it maps out years of research produced by the Northern Ireland universities regarding matters relating to migrant and minority ethnic communities.

"Having this collection of research, easily accessible, and in one area, is an incredible resource for elected members, policymakers, academics, champions of equality, and the general public". 

Ulster University's Professor Liam Maguire, PVC for Research, said: "Ulster University is committed to creating an open research environment and to delivering impact beyond academia. The launch of the ‘Collation and Mapping of Research related to Migrant and Minority Ethnic Matters in Northern Ireland produced within Northern Ireland’s Universities’ report presents further opportunity to provide public access to our research in this area".

The full report, 'Collation and Mapping of Research related to Migrant and Minority Ethnic Matters in Northern Ireland produced within Northern Ireland’s Universities’, can be downloaded at the MME Council website.


Dr Dina Zoe Belluigi
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work