This initiative was developed in 2005 through a joint Steering Group comprising representatives of DEP, Pobal (then ADM Ltd.), the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), and three local partnerships.
As the issue of migrant communities came more to the fore, there was an urgent need for the local development sector to raise the issue of integration and to develop solutions at local level for the integration of migrant workers and their families. This pilot project centred on the development of such strategies in three quite different local partnership areas – Dublin Inner City, Tallaght and Ballyhaura. The aim of the pilot was to gather experience for the social inclusion of immigrant workers and their families to form an integral part of local development programmes post-2006 and to propose a model of good practice for local development organisations.
This pioneering report – An exploration of local strategies for the integration of migrant workers and their families - was completed in early 2006 and launched at a seminar organised by Pobal in June 2006 and addressed by a range of speakers.
A further initiative followed, this time led by MRCI, and also involving DEP, Dublin City Council and the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), focused on the issue of “necessary work” being carried out in Dublin by large numbers of “invisible” immigrant workers. The research and consultation process – which included workshops chaired by City Manager John Tierney - to the completion and launch of the report in August 2007 – Necessary Work by Migrant Workers in Dublin City. This report was aimed at assisting the positive integration of new communities in Dublin.