This research will address the question of work in relation to refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. It will address self-agency whilst considering the added complexity of Northern Ireland being a ‘divided society’ itself.
This research is a collaborative studentship between Ulster University and the Racial Equality Unit in the Executive Office in Northern Ireland. I am passionate behind the benefits of a reciprocal relationship which applies academic rigour to the process of policymaking. The Racial Equality Unit values the insight and perspectives that PhD students can bring to the work of the department. This can help strengthen the Unit’s policy making and implementation to the benefit of all involved.
This study will provide insight for countries that are part of the emerging resettlement countries joint support mechanism. I hope it will also offer some insight into urban concentration and segregation of minority ethnic people and access to work for vulnerable people. It may also provide an understanding of cross generational work-related cultural values and knowledge.