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Migration in NI: A Roundtable Panel Discussion

Please join us at a ROUNDTABLE PANEL EVENT about Migration in Northern Ireland.


When: Thursday 22nd May, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Where:  Studio at Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH

Admission: Free and open to public

Coffee/tea and catered lunch provided


The panel discussion will explore topics related to migration, cultural identity, and the changing social landscape of Northern Ireland. 


Discussion among attendees will be encouraged via a roundtable format, and a selection of stories from the Belonging Project will be incorporated into the event to illustrate the diversity of migrant experiences.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Denis Stewart, an active member of both the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and the IFF (International Futures Forum),

Confirmed Panelists:

Justin Kouame, Chair of Northern Ireland Community of Asylum Seekers & Refugees (NICRAS)

Justin arrived in Belfast in 2009 and claimed Asylum. He took up his post as Chairperson of NICRAS in 2010. Justin is a member of various boards, such as the Advisory Council for JRF research paper on Poverty and Ethnicity and the All-Party Group. He was the joint winner of the Stephen Pittam Social Justice Award in 2013. In addition to his work with NICRAS, Justin also delivers Refugee Awareness Trainings to schools and youth groups.

Jolena Flett, Manager at the Belfast Migrant Centre

Jolena has been working with NICEM since 2003, initially as an advisor supporting victims of race-based violence and harassment, and since 2010 as the Advice and Advocacy Manger of the Belfast Migrant Centre. Her other areas of work include delivering NICEM’s OCN accredited Equality and Diversity training, presenting awareness raising workshops and working with Black and Minority Ethnic groups on issues of quality assurance and good governance through PQASSO training and mentoring. 

Dr. Gavan Titley, Media Studies Professor at NUIM

Dr Gavan Titley is lecturer in the Department of Media Studies, National University of Ireland Maynooth. His research focuses on racism and public cultures in Europe. He is the author, with Alana Lentin, of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Era (Zed Books 2011) and is currently working on Racism and Media (Sage 2015). He writes for The Guardian and a range of other publications. 

Laurence Gibson, Professional photographer and creator of the Belonging Project

Having grown up in Belfast and continuing to spend much time working here, Laurence is very familiar with the local culture and environment. As a professional photographer, Laurence divides his time between London and Belfast teaching and doing freelance work. The Belonging Project was born of his interest in portraying the migrant community in Northern Ireland in an empathetic light. Belonging intends to encourage the local Northern Ireland community to see their migrant neighbors as people with valuable experiences and rich stories to share.

We are thankful to the Belfast City Council and Arts Council for providing financial support to this event and project via the Good Relations Grant and Intercultural Arts Grant.

Please register at

Contact Sonia Banaszczyk at 028 9043 8962 or email with any questions.


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