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Immigration “one of the biggest challenges this century”: Mediation NI

Immigration “one of the biggest challenges this century”: Mediation NI
by Lise McGREEVY for Northern Ireland Foundation
23 January 2014

As David Cameron dictates to ministers not to oppose a rebel amendment to the Immigration Bill when MPs vote on it, and the Government agrees to participate in the UN’s project to take in Syrian refugees (in addition to the millions of global migrants who have come into Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain in recent years), Mary McAnuly of Mediation Northern Ireland declared, “Mass migration is probably one of the biggest challenges the world faces in this century.”

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“Peace offers little for NI women and children”: Mediation Northern Ireland

“Peace offers little for NI women and children”: Mediation Northern Ireland
by Lise McGREEVY for Northern Ireland Foundation
6 January 2014

“The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, rather more often by gangs, warlords and paramilitaries using small arms and improvised weapons. In Northern Ireland in 2014, communities are continuing to suffer the impact of violence in many parts of society, with peace dividends producing little in improving the lives of women and children.”

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‘Northern Irish’ gets ‘yes’ vote from Ulster’s Nationalist and Loyalist youths

‘Northern Irish’ gets ‘yes’ vote from Ulster’s Nationalist and Loyalist youths
by Lise McGREEVY for Northern Ireland Foundation
11 December 2013

Against the backdrop of rioting, flag disputes, parades and violence of 2012/13, Ulster youths from both nationalist and loyalist areas now identify themselves as ‘Northern Irish … so they don’t have to associate with taking sides’. This is according to Catherine Morgan, Youth Action NI, who was responding to survey data included in the briefing paper, ‘The Long View of Community Relations in Northern Ireland: 1989-2912’, which was debated in Belfast last week.