Reasons for immigration to Northern Ireland
Updated: Nov 1, 2020
Migration is the movement of people from one country to another country. There are many reasons why people migrate.
Immigration is the movement of people from other countries into a country. So when a person, or group of people from another country move into Northern Ireland, they are immigrants. They immigrate for a variety of reasons, including:
Better employment opportunities
People move to another country in search of work or because employment conditions may be better in Northern Ireland than in their home country.
Financial stability and better future prospects will encourage a person to immigrate to Northern Ireland, especially if the person will get paid higher wages.
Higher standard of living
People may move to Northern Ireland because it has a higher standard of living than their home country. It may offer better housing, social and health care, education. It may be a more attractive environment to live in.
Northern Ireland may offer better health care provision than their home country. This may include free health care.
Northern Ireland may have a better welfare and support service which may also entitle the person to financial benefits and access to accommodation.
People may move to Northern Ireland because their home country may not provide the education or standard of education the person requires.
A person move to Northern Ireland to study the course they want or because they think the country offers a better education.
To follow loved ones
Often families and friends will follow loved ones who have moved to Northern Ireland and want to be close to them.
People may be part of a group who are discriminated against and persecuted because of their political or religious views. Their lives may be in danger. They may move to Northern Ireland to be safe.
It may not be safe for the person and their family to live in their home country because of conflict and/or human rights abuses. Their lives may be in danger. They move to live in Northern Ireland because they want to feel safe.
Escape natural disasters
People may want to move as a result of natural disasters, where their homes have been destroyed by earthquakes, fires or flooding and they want to live in Northern Ireland where natural disasters are not an issue.