Published: 1st Nov 2016

Immigration has added to our social, economic and cultural capital, says Bernadette McAliskey Dungannon is the largest town in the Mid Ulster area, with a population of about 16,000. This is a rural community, combining poor land on the higher and lower levels with rich farming pasture in between. The population of Dungannon grew 14% between 2001 and 2011, the largest population growth of any town in Northern Ireland. This has largely been driven not by movement from local villages into the town, but by immigration to the area from villages as far away as Guinea-Bissau, East Timor and eastern Europe. Given the tone of conversation across the UK on the topic of immigration, you would be forgiven for assuming Dungannon must be a town in crisis, with social and economic systems grinding to halt as ‘they steal our jobs, houses, hospital beds and our women (or men)’ but not … (To read the full article, subscribe below)