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Integration of New Communities

Strategies for the social integration of immigrant communities

Actions in 2008-10

New Communities in Dublin: Barriers to Integration:

Following earlier work in the area of supports for migrant workers and their families, this initiative was developed with the New Communities Partnership. Maria Hegarty was appointed project consultant and carried out mixed workshops in January 2009 comprising representatives of new communities, service providers and local authorities across Dublin. The aim was to highlight barriers to the integration of new communities and to assemble the learning for new communities, public service providers and local authorities and agencies.

The work led to the publication of the report by Maria Hegarty, Integration in Dublin: Informing Strategies at Time Of Recession. The report was presented to a seminar on 16th September 2009 entitled Barriers to integration for new communities in Dublin, which was chaired by Reginald Okoflex Inya (NCP) and Philip O’Connor (DEP) and included presentations on the report from Maria Hegarty, on housing (Conor Farrell, Centre for Housing Research), on health (Tonya Myles (Cáirde), on public information (Geralyn McGarry, Citizens Information Board), on city migration policies across Europe (Anna Ludwinek, CLIP Project, European Foundation), on migration issues in Ireland (Jane Pillinger, Independent Researcher), on employment (Siobhán O’Donoghue, Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland), on education (Dympna Devine, UCD) and on children/youth issues (Caitriona Ni Laoire, UCC). The presentations are available below:

DIGNITY: A multi-agency response to supporting victims of trafficking to the sex industry:

An application was developed and submitted under the EU DAPHNE Programme. DEP is the lead agency, with partners: Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Garda Anti-Trafficking Unit, Sonas Housing, the HSE Women’s Health Project, the Dept. Justice, Ruhamma and others, and transnational partners in Lithuania, Spain and Scotland. The project was approved in November 2008 with a budget of €300,000 from the EU for a two-year project, with match funding of €40,000 from local and transational partners.

The project, which commenced in January 2009, is developing a model of good practice for implementation by agencies. This has been adopted as part of the Action Plan on Human Trafficking by the Dept. Justice. The project also links to the employment services (FÁS, partnerships) as part of the route to integration for victims. The project has issued an explanatory brochure, , and tranational exchanges have taken place in Lithuania, Spain and Scotland, and a major Conference was held in Dublin on 5th November 2009, Dignity and Demand. Click here for full details of all project activities, project partners and publications.