International experts in Ireland to inform migrant integration work
International experts from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are in Ireland to advise on effective integration approaches. The Office is co-hosting a timely two-day training conference with the Immigrant Council of Ireland on ‘Good Practices in Integration of Migrants in line with OSCE Commitments’ this Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 October.
Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said, “The recent census revealed more than 200 nationalities resident in the country. What we need now more than ever are real chances for people to integrate into Irish society. We’re delighted to welcome the OSCE/ ODHIR to share their expertise based on their international experience. This is a rare opportunity to examine key issues currently inhibiting effective integration, including access to housing, local language classes and the workforce, and, crucially, map out practical solutions tailored to the Irish experience.
“The key role local libraries can play especially in language courses and as touchpoints for getting to know the local community is going to be discussed along with the potential for migrant entrepreneurship.
“Earlier this year the Government published its National Migrant Integration Strategy and we look forward to working with them to implement this crucial strategy. This week’s event will support that work, highlighting the key elements needed to ensure local authorities are supported to play their part.”
Joe O’Brien, Integration Outreach Officer at the Immigrant Council of Ireland, added, “A key issue under discussion will be how to improve the political participation of migrants within the Irish system. The Immigrant Council is committed to empowering the migrant population to claim their own rights and runs regular workshops and training sessions to this effect. Improving political participation is an essential part of successful integration, giving migrants the opportunity to get involved and influence and enrich the societies of which they are a part. It also means our decision-making structures are more reflective of the communities they are representing.”
Mr Killoran concluded, “The discussions during these two days should inform the development of effective and localised integration strategies here in Ireland which will deliver real improvements to the lives of those from migrant background.”
Note to editors
The OSCE/ODHIR in partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland is hosting a training conference with Local Authorities on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 October entitled ‘Good Practices in Integration of Migrants in line with OSCE Commitments’ at the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin 22.
Pippa Woolnough, Communications & Advocacy Manager, Immigrant Council of Ireland
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