Migrant Integration Strategy - A Blueprint for the Future

7th February 2017

      Tnaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD and Minister David Stanton TD launch the Migrant Integration Strategy and the Communities Integration Fund.

      The Migrant Integration Strategy will run from 2017 until 2020. It is targeted at migrants, refugees and persons of migrant origin.

      The Migrant Integration Strategy foresees actions applicable to all Government Departments and specific actions to address particular issues.

      Actions applicable to all Government Departments

      The actions applicable to all Government Departments include the provision of:
        information to migrants in language-appropriate formats;
        ongoing intercultural awareness training for all front-line staff,
        signage in public offices indicating where interpretation is available;
        clear information on how to make a complaint about racist behaviour by staff or another customer.
        The Strategy also foresees that integration issues will continue to be mainstreamed into strategic statements and annual reports and into the general work of Departments.

        Specific Actions

        Specific actions are set out which are intended to address particular issues. The organisation responsible for implementing such actions has also been identified. They include:
          the inclusion of a target of 1% for the employment of EEA migrants and people from minority ethnic communities in the civil service (in most cases civil service employment is not open to non-EEA nationals). This issue is important in terms of beginning the process of making the civil service representative of the broader population.
          Schools outside the established education system will be encouraged to network with the aim of providing information on child protection and health and safety regulations to them and of developing relationships with them.
          the establishment by local authorities of networks aimed at reaching out to hard-to-reach migrant groups so to help them to engage with Government Departments and to provide information on their needs.
          the development of the second National Intercultural Health Strategy.
          the establishment of a Communities Integration Fund intended to support organisations in local communities (sports organisations, faith organisations etc.) to undertake actions to promote the integration of migrants into their communities.
          the monitoring of current school enrolment policies over time to assess their impact on the enrolment of migrant students.
          the inclusion of a language component in education and training programmes for unemployed migrants with poor English proficiency.
          initiatives to ensure that migrant needs in relation to skills acquisition and labour market activation are addressed.
          initiatives to encourage the business sector to play a role in promoting integration.
          the establishment of a working group to examine data gaps in relation to migrant needs and experience.
    An Irish version of the Strategy is available Migrant Integration Strategy Irish.

    Information on the review of the previous strategy can be found here Review of Integration Strategy

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