Integration policy in Ireland focuses on a number of different strategic themes as follows:
- A policy of mainstreaming service delivery for migrants
Promoting interculturalism with emphasis on finding common ground and creating mutual respect
The provision of core public services in a manner that serves all customers equally regardless of cultural identity
A 'two-way process' bestowing both rights and responsibilities on migrants and the host society
A 'whole-of-Government' approach
The need to embed migrant integration within the wider social inclusion context through activities of sports clubs, unions, the media etc.
Effective and equitable provision of services through the private sector (eg. retail, wholesale, banking etc.)
Local level integration measures
Building capacity and encouraging self-determination among migrants
A key pillar of integration in Ireland is the policy of achieving integration through mainstream service provision i.e. migrants access the same services as Irish people do. Mainstream services in turn have to adapt to the new cultural diversity of their client base to ensure they deliver equality of outcomes to all customers.
This approach emphasises effective and equitable provision of core services and sees the responsibility for planning, delivery and for making services more accessible to migrants as resting with mainstream Government Departments and Agencies.
Some of the ways in which Government Departments have made their services more accessible include through providing information for migrants, the translation of various documents into different languages, providing interpretation and translation services and making services more interculturally competent for migrant clients.
This policy of mainstreaming is complimented by other more targeted initiatives set out in the Government's Migrant Integration Strategy - A Blueprint for the Future.
The Migrant Integration Strategy- A Blueprint for the Future
The Migrant Integration Strategy which was published on the 7th of February, 2017 sets out the Government’s approach to the issue of migrant integration for the period from 2017 to 2020. It envisages a whole-of-Government approach involving actions by all Departments. It is targeted at all migrants, including refugees, who are legally residing in the State. It is also intended to encompass those who have become naturalised Irish citizens but who were born outside Ireland. The Strategy also embraces anti-racism measures and actions to aimed at combating discrimination as key elements of integration policy.
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