Attitudes on 'belonging' in NI surveyed

Published Friday, 20 June 2014
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A new survey has revealed that less than half of people from ethnic minority groups here feel a sense of belonging to Northern Ireland.

Attitudes on 'belonging' in NI surveyed
People on the streets of Belfast. (© Pacemaker)

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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Greg in Belfast wrote (127 days ago):
Could it be the younger people feel alienated and pessimistic because the people who run our country have absolutely no idea of what our generation want? It is quite embarrassing turning on the news in the mornings and listening to the same people who are supposed to be running our country not even able to string a sentence together coherently, or simply taking the contrary position on any issue because of the stupid them and us policy inherent in every political party. It is like watching immature school children having a spat at each other, but talking through intermediaries, this county needs to get rid of anyone who actively wants to be a politician and recruit people with brains and qualifications to run it.
Dub in wrote (128 days ago):
Still tribal in NI based on religion and that does'nt happen anywhere else in the rest of ireland or the uk for that matter.
Mike in England wrote (128 days ago):
Its not a nice place for anyone. Its a mess.
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