Attitudes on 'belonging' in NI surveyed

Attitudes on 'belonging' in NI surveyed

A new survey has revealed that less than half of people from ethnic minority groups here feel a sense of belonging to Northern Ireland.

It also found that people from Catholic backgrounds were more likely than those from Protestant backgrounds to say they felt a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood.However the opposite was true when it came to a sense of belonging to Northern Ireland.The study, carried out by Queen's and the University of Ulster, asked more than 2,500 people about their attitudes across a range of a social issues.Lead author of the project Dr Katy Hayward, from QUB's school of sociology, said: "What we see, overall, is a society with generally high levels of belonging, especially at local level, but low levels of perceived influence in decision-making at any level."However, we also see a society in which those who are often identified as holding the key to a more peaceful future - younger people and those who are free from any one religious denomination - are the people who have the strongest feelings of alienation and pessimism."


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