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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern officially opens the Immigrant Council of Ireland in March, 2003.

 

The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) was established in 2001 by Social Innovations Ireland Ltd, an organisation set up by Sr Stanislaus Kennedy to develop innovative responses to Ireland's changing society.

The ICI opened to the public in October 2002 and was officially launched by the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in March 2003.

It was set up after a wide consultation process which highlighted the need for a service that would support and work with migrants in Ireland.

The consultation process demonstrated that there were a number of organisations providing information and support to asylum seekers and refugees, however, the needs of migrants coming to Ireland for other purposes such as work, study, for self-employment, family reunification or to visit were not being catered for.

Demand for the ICI's work and services has grown significantly year on year.

Since 2007, the ICI's Information and Referral Service has been dealing with more than 10,000 enquiries a year from migrants and Irish citizens. We also provide information and support to wide range of organisations and agencies.

The ICI became an Independent Law Centre in 2006, and is currently the only NGO in Ireland's immigration sector with that status.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) was established in 2001 by Social Innovations Ireland Ltd, an organisation set up by Sr Stanislaus Kennedy to develop innovative responses to Ireland’s changing society.

The ICI opened to the public in October 2002 and was officially launched by the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in March 2003.

It was set up after a wide consultation process which highlighted the need for a service that would support and work with migrants in Ireland.

The consultation process demonstrated that there were a number of organisations providing information and support to asylum seekers and refugees, however, the needs of migrants coming to Ireland for other purposes such as work, study, for self-employment, family reunification or to visit were not being catered for.

Demand for the ICI’s work and services has grown significantly year on year.

Since 2007, the ICI’s Information and Referral Service has been dealing with more than 10,000 enquiries a year from migrants and Irish citizens. We also provide information and support to wide range of organisations and agencies.

The ICI became an Independent Law Centre in 2006, and is currently the only NGO in Ireland’s immigration sector with that status.