MCRC has a reference library which includes reports on minority ethnic communities in NI and best practice research from elsewhere.

For a full list of empirical studies on ethnic minorities in NI refer to: Connolly, P (2002) 'Race' and Racism in Northern Ireland: a Review of the Research Evidence, published by OFMDFM available at:

Some files below are in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat Reader to access these.



Forced To Flee

Forced to Flee (3rd edition)

New edition of the widely acclaimed FAQ guide on refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.
Against a background of disquiet over the Home Office's new arrangements for arresting and detaining many asylum seekers to Northern Ireland, the Refugee Action Group has produced this updated response to questions on asylum frequently asked by journalists, politicians, community activists, teachers and members of the public.
Endorsed by the NUJ and distributed to all its members in Northern Ireland, previous editions of this guide have played an important part in educating the Northern Ireland public about this important issue.

Download PDF (328K) 

Orientation Pack

The Orientation Pack for Northern Ireland for people from the Accession countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland)

The Orientation Pack is an invaluable resource for both migrant workers and service providers.  It clearly outlines rights and entitlements for migrant workers on issues including housing, employment, social security benefits, health services, education and provides helpful additional information on transport, car insurance, setting up a bank account and so on.

Download PDF pack in English

EmploymentEmployment EducationEducation Social SecuritySocial Security
HealthHealth Services HousingHousing InfoAdditional Information

Download PDF pack in Polish 

EmploymentZatrudnienie EducationSzkolnictwo Social SecurityPomoc Społeczna, System Zaskiłków
HealthSłuzba Zdrowia
HousingKwestie Mieszkaniowe
InfoDodatkowe Informacje
Forced To Flee

Forced to Flee (2nd edition): Frequently asked questions about refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland

How many asylum seekers are there in Northern Ireland? What is the difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee? Why do people come here? Where do they come from?

To provide the answers to these and many more questions, the Refugee Action Group has produced the 2nd edition of Forced to Flee: frequently asked questions about refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.

This information guide on refugee issues aims to deliver the facts - not the myths - about asylum in Northern Ireland, so fostering a more welcoming climate here for refugees. Copies are available from Amnesty International, Centre for Global Education and Multi-Cultural Resource Centre.

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Women Of The World

Fermanagh: Other Voices
Holder, D & Lanao, M (2003)

A meeting with Women of the World a rural women's minority ethnic community group in Fermanagh

Women of the World / MCRC

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In Other Words

In Other Words?
Holder (2003)

Mapping minority ethnic languages in Northern Ireland

Download PDF (2.4M) 

Forced to Flee

Forced to Flee (1st edition): Frequently asked questions about refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland

Download PDF (532K) 

A Place of Refuge

NI: A Place of Refuge?
Asylum Seekers and Refugees in NI

McVeigh, R (2002)
Published by the Refugee Action Group

Download PDF (172K)

Download Executive Summary Translations: 

Albanian (DOC, 120K)
Arabic (PDF, 104K)
Bengali (PDF, 80K)
Chinese (simplified) (PDF, 156K)
Russian (DOC, 36K)
Urdu (PDF, 224K)

Relatorio Sobre Trabalhadores

Relatório Sobre Trabalhadores
Experiences of Portuguese Migrant Workers in NI

Soares, A (2002)

Bilingual English and Portuguese

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Mid Ulster: Other Voices

Mid Ulster: Other Voices
A listening session with a rural ethnic community in 2002

Holder, D & Lanao, M (2002)

Booklet copies available

Download PDF (484K) 

30 Years Seen But Not Heard

30 Years Seen But Not Heard
A listening session with the Bangladeshi (Sylheti) community in NI

Holder, D (2001)

Written report and as Sylheti audiotape (limited copies)

View internet edition (HTML) 

Stress, Culture and the Management of Diabetes

Stress, Culture and the Management of Diabetes
Greer, E (2001)

Report in NI's first seminar on diabetes and ethnic minorities

Written report, also as Hindi audiotape - copies and tapes available

Download PDF (1M) 





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