Role of the Office
The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration has a cross-Departmental mandate to develop, lead and co-ordinate migrant integration policy across other Government Departments, agencies and services. The functions include the promotion of the integration of legal immigrants into Irish society, the establishment of new structures for this purpose, the coordination of Ireland’s international reporting requirements relating to racism and integration under (e.g. the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination), the management of the resettlement of refugees admitted as part of the United Nations Resettlement Programme and the administration of funding from national and EU sources to promote integration.
Ireland adopts a policy of mainstream service provision in the integration area while recognising the need for targeted initiatives to meet specific short-term needs. Overall responsibility for the promotion and coordination of integration measures for legally resident immigrants rests with the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration but, in general, the actual delivery of integration services is the responsibility of mainstream Government Departments.
The key strategies are:
- To develop integration policy in consultation with key stakeholders
- To co-ordinate integration activities in the public sector
- To provide funding to facilitate integration within available national resources
- To monitor trends in reported racially motivated incidents and to support measures to combat racism
- To manage the resettlement programme under which persons in protracted refugee situations are transferred from the State in which they have sought protection to Ireland in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- To represent Ireland at EU and other international fora engaged in work within our area of responsibility
- To administer the closure of the European Refugee Fund and, the European Fund for the Integration of Third country nationals. (These funds have been replaced by the Asylum, Integration and Migration Fund).
- To administer EU funding schemes relating to the provision of services for migrants under the provisions of the Asylum, Integration and Migration Fund (AMIF) and the European Social Fund.
There is no legislation specifically relating to immigrant integration in Ireland.
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