Youth of Northern Ireland

Toby Binder, Germany

The Peace Agreement of Northern Ireland was signed 20 years ago, which means that young people never experienced the so called ‚Troubles‘ themselves. But Northern Ireland will have to leave the European Union in 2019 due to the UK Brexit referendum, even though a majority of its citizens voted to remain. There is a serious concern that a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is very likely to undermine the Peace Process. Especially future prospects of the young generation could be suffer negative impacts if old conflicts break out again. But the majority of the youngsters want to overcome the old patterns. And live a peaceful life as they know it from other parts of Europe.

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