Migrant information day provides the tools for integration
2017-12-01 17:01:00 -

By Chinedu Onyejelem

The Minister of State for Integration has promised all necessary support to help immigrants integrate into Irish society.


David Stanton was speaking at an information day organised recently in Dublin by the New Communities Partnership (NCP) in association with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Ireland.


Designed to showcase services that can assist migrants in integration and bettering their lives, the event identified five main areas where immigrants looked for information, support and advocacy. 


These are, support in accessing the labour market; accessing health services; reporting racism; language learning and education; and integration for new communities, including rights and entitlements and “socio-economic and cultural opportunities”, according to NCP chief executive Anca Lupu.


Several organisations covering these areas participated in the event with information displays and answering questions about their services.


Minister Stanton said the event “gives our new communities a great opportunity to find useful advice on services and supports available to them. It also reflects the cross-organisational enthusiasm and collaboration in Ireland, on working towards the smooth integration of our new communities, in an increasingly diverse Ireland.”


He added: “I hope that these various supports will make a real difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable migrants, as well as supporting all our communities to achieve true integration.”


Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) which hosted the event, also addressed those in attendance – noting that her organisation supported the rights and integration of immigrants.


“For migrants to Ireland, that intercultural understanding is built on a two-way flow of information, with established communities learning about new arrivals, but also of migrants themselves having the necessary opportunities to learn about the community supports available to smooth their arrival,” she said.


“This migrant information day … is creating vital connections between migrants and the advice they need, on everything from employment to finding language supports, to accessing healthcare and education.


“The [IHREC] is pleased to be able to host this event as it acknowledges that a modern country like Ireland is host to a diversity of cultures; and that interaction, understanding and participation matters for inclusion.”


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