What life is like for asylum seekers and refugees in Northern Ireland

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Astur lives in Belfast, a city divided by long looming peace walls, one legacy of the Northern Ireland “Troubles”.

She comes from Somalia, a country riven by conflict, war and torture and took many months to reach this place of barricades and reconciliation, of hope and gaiety – a place of enduring confusion and ongoing division.

Successive cataclysms of political authoritarianism and ethnic conflict in Somalia forced her to flee with her two small children.

Kreg 1aShe eventually arrived in Northern Ireland, a hotspot of political acrimony.

Over the course of carrying out our new research on what life is like for asylum seekers and refugees in Northern Ireland, we…

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