In Northern Ireland, we're late-starters on the politics of race. That could actually be an advantage. There's an opportunity to learn from experiences elsewhere.
If we get it right, we can enjoy the cultural richness diversity brings, while also making newer arrivals feel integrated and at home.
To date, we've had few high-profile racist incidents in Northern Ireland. Only the attacks on Roma during the summer of 2009 were serious enough to command attention outside the province.
There's no indication that casual racism, or occasional outbursts of violence, are set to harden into a mood for far-right politics any time soon.
If the BNP decides to field council candidates in Northern Ireland, it's likely to get short shrift.
For the time being, we're far more preoccupied with traditional prejudices. But as society becomes more diverse, there is a risk that it will become even more segregated.
The Executive's failure to combat existing home-grown divisions hardly inspires confidence that it will know how to respond.