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Health concerns compound many of the difficulties the travelling community encounter.The mortality rate for traveller children up to the age of ten has been found to be ten times higher than average.So geographical mobility, and the ability to offer multiple marginal services, has characterised the traveller community in the past.Kinship and family ties are another defining element of traveller cultural identity.The rejection of the travelling community by non-travellers has been termed ‘sedentarism’, a particular form of racism directed towards ethnic nomads.



Recent research has suggested that 40% of people in Northern Ireland do not believe that the traveller’s nomadic way of life is valid and should be supported by the government.There also remains a relatively high level of suspicion and hostility towards Irish travellers from the ‘settled community’, limiting the take up of services that they can offer.The impact of these factors on the traveller economy, together with the lack of sufficient serviced sites, has been identified as the key explanation for the increasing marginalisation of Irish travellers in relation to employment, health, housing and education.Another factor that contributes to the disadvantaged status of the travelling community in Northern Ireland is long-term unemployment.

Only 11% of the community are in paid employment, while 70% of those who are economically active have had no paid work in the last ten years.

Their traditionally nomadic lifestyle has been seriously affected, with the majority of travellers in Northern Ireland now living in towns and cities: 30-40% live in the Belfast area.