Good Relations Indicators 2022 Report

Date published: 14 March 2024

The Good Relations Indicator report published by The Executive Office today presents a range of statistics relating to community relations, including numbers of hate crimes, attitudinal data on Protestant/Catholic relations and attitudes towards mixing in schools, neighbourhoods and the workplace.

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The publication monitors indicators for the four key priorities of the T:BUC Strategy: our children and young people; our shared community; our safe community; and, our cultural expression.

All figures relate to 2022, unless otherwise stated.

Some of the key findings include:

Our Children and Young People

  • 38% of adults and 37% of young people think that relations between Protestants and Catholics are better now than they were five years ago. There was a significant increase on the corresponding 2021 figure of 27% for young people (2022: 37%; 2021: 27%) but there was no significant difference in the change for adults.
  • In 2022, 60% of young people have ‘done projects’ with pupils from other schools; 48% have ‘shared classes’; and 28% ‘shared sports facilities or equipment’ where the pupils are from a different religious background.

Our Shared Community

  • 90% of adults in 2022 think that leisure centres in their area are ‘shared and open’ to both Catholics and Protestants; 89% think this about parks; 93% think this about libraries and 94% think this about shopping centres.
  • 86% of adult respondents prefer a mixed religion workplace; 74% a mixed religion neighbourhood; and 68% mixed religion schools.

Our Safe Community

  • 43% of adult respondents see town centres as safe and welcoming places for people of all walks of life. This is a significant decrease of 7 percentage points since 2021 (2022: 43%; 2021: 50%).
  • In 2022, 64% of respondents feel ‘very’ or ‘quite’ safe going to events held in a GAA club; 51% to events held in an Orange Hall; 80% to events held in a Protestant Secondary School; and 81% to events held in a Catholic Secondary School.

Our Cultural Expression

  • 71% of adult respondents in 2022 think that the culture and traditions of Catholic communities add to the richness and diversity of Northern Ireland society; 64% think this about Protestant communities; and 67% think this about Minority Ethnic communities.
  • Since 2021 there has been no significant change in the proportion of adults who feel they have an influence on decisions in their neighbourhood (19%) or on Northern Ireland decisions (16%).

The report is available on the Executive Office Statistics and Research Branch website at:

Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

Daniel Nelson-Donaghy – Assistant Statistician
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Block 2 | Knockview Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 9052 2280

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