ESRI and Department of Taoiseach’s Shared Island Unit to launch report comparing migrant integration in Ireland and Northern Ireland

10 Feb 2023


On Monday 6 March 2023, the ESRI and the Department of the Taoiseach’s Shared Island Unit will co-host an event to launch a report comparing migrant integration in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Government buildings, Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Mike Peel (

Both Ireland and Northern Ireland have seen an increase in inward migration in recent decades. The report compares the composition of migrant populations, employment profiles, and the academic outcomes and well-being of migrant-origin young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It also looks at attitudes to migrants in both jurisdictions and considers migrants’ experience of the border in Ireland in the context of Brexit. 

The Shared Island initiative was launched in October 2020 in the Department of the Taoiseach to work with the Northern Ireland Executive and the British government. The initiative aims to address strategic challenges, develop the all-island economy, deepen cooperation, and invest in the Northwest and border regions. The initiative also seeks to foster constructive and inclusive dialogue and a comprehensive programme of research. 

The joint research programme between the Department of the Taoiseach and the ESRI, The Economic and Social Opportunities from Increased Cooperation on the Shared Island, is aimed at producing research outputs that add to understandings of current and potential linkages across the island of Ireland across economic, social, and environmental domains. This report on migrant integration is the latest instalment of this research programme.  

Most recently, the joint research programme has released reports on early childhood education and care in Ireland and Northern Ireland, all-island coordination of energy infrastructure and renewable energy supports, and productivity levels in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 


Click here for more information on the event and to register.