Belfast is home to a diverse range of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and faiths.


Recent legislation has enshrined human rights in Northern Irish law, and all people are given equal status in employment, education, training and housing opportunities. It is one of the smaller cities in the UK, with a population of 268,000 as off June 2008.


Around the middle of the last century, Belfast's population reached an historic high of 400,000. Since then outward migration, partly as a result of the Troubles, caused continual decline of the city's population. However, in recent years the flow of migrants into Northern Ireland has increased rapidly. It is only since the middle of this decade that the numbers moving into Belfast have spiked.


Last Updated: 14/12/09


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