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Old 01-19-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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I understand that in 1920, Northern Ireland or Ulster was 75% British and 25 Irish/Catholic. However, I understand the demographics have changed in favor of the Catholics/Irish. First, what is the ratio now according to the latest British estimates?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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Not sure, but it won't be long.

On the political consequences, I did see a survey saying that by no means all Catholics want a united Ireland, just as not all Protestants are opposed. Then there is the question of whether the Republic really wants to unify with the economic basket case in the north. My own view is that as the EU grows in power, the border will become less and less important.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:35 AM
 
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My own view is that as the EU grows in power, the border will become less and less important.My own view is that as the EU grows in power, the border will become less and less important.

I don't think so, go to the Eastern Europe countries and you'll see that the borders are taken seriously there, although they are now part of the eu.
And in Flanders, Spanish Basque Country and Catalonia-and even in Scotland-, calls for independence (= new borders!) are louder and louder, although they are all part of member countries of the eu. So the eu , who prides itself in having defeated nationalism, has also failed here. However the ue is pretty well succeeeding in destroying European nations, but I don't think it is a positive.
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:55 AM
 
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I understand that in 1920, Northern Ireland or Ulster was 75% British and 25 Irish/Catholic. However, I understand the demographics have changed in favor of the Catholics/Irish. First, what is the ratio now according to the latest British estimates?
This will give you the percentage breakdown of where the population of NI was born: Demography of Northern Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

91% born in NI
About 5% born in England, Scotland or Wales
2.3% born in Republic of Ireland

And this will give you the religion stats:
National Statistics Online (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=980 - broken link)

53% Protestant
44% Catholic
3% None/other

I'm not sure what you mean by the terms "British" and "Irish" in this case - because although I find most people from NI consider themselves culturally "Irish", they are actually British citizens and therefore British from a political and legal point of view. So I'm not sure what groups you're referring to when you say "British" and "Irish".
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