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  • All News Items- Minister White attends the Indian festival of light (Diwali)
    Local Libraries NGOS and agencies Citizens Information Family Resource Centre Online Public Services Money Advice MABS Census 2011 Citizenship Driving Education Education in Ireland Higher Education QualificationRecognition Intercultural Strategy Hijab Research Patronage and Pluralism Emergency Services Employment Get Involved In Irish Life Health Housing Information about Ireland Intercultural Fora Learning English Learning Irish Multilingual Information Education Own Language Qualifications Own Lang Police Own Language Crime Own Language Health Own Language Welfare Own Language Life Here Own Language Jobs Own Language Housing Own Language Census Own Language Privacy Own Language Volunteer Own Language Qualification Recognition Social Welfare Visas Voting Integration Events 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Publications Our Publications Other Publications Academic Central Statistics Office ESRI European Migration Net Equality Authority State Agencies HSE Police Service Garda NESC NCCRI OECD Police Service Garda Sporting Organisations UNHCR Miscellaneous Useful Weblinks Irish sites Government sites NGOs Research Centres International Sites Useful Contacts Contact Us Translation tool provided by Google The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration does not take any responsibility for quality of translation Minister White attends the Indian festival of light Diwali 05 11 2010 The Minister of State for Equality Integration and Human Rights Mary White TD attended the celebrations for the Indian festival of light Diwali at the invitation of the Ireland India Council IIC The celebrations took place at the Indian Information and Cultural Centre in Synge Street Dublin Speaking at the event Minister White said that Events such as this one offer us a unique opportunity to learn more about Indian culture and traditions Freedom happiness joy prosperity peace hope and love are all celebrated during Diwali I know that this is an important event for your communities and I am very happy to be part of the celebrations tonight The Minister paid tribute to the contribution that the Indian community has made and is continuing to make to Irish society Minister White said as well as knowledge skills and experience Indian migrants have introduced a vibrant and colourful culture to Ireland The popularity of Indian cuisine music dance fashion and film in Ireland is testament to our appreciation of Indian culture The Minister congratulated the Ireland India Council on all their work to date and for their continued commitment to integration She expressed her hope that everyone would enjoy the celebrations for Diwali Issued by the Press Information Office at the Dept of Community Equality Gaeltacht Affairs Tel Teil 01 647 3130 Fax Facs 01 6473215 087 7956378 Email Ríomhphost eolas pobail ie Web Gréasán www pobail ie Note for Editors Diwali the Hindu festival of lights is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia It is also an occasion for celebration by Jains and Sikhs Indians celebrate it to pray for wealth and joy It also signifies that Lord Rama returned home after conquering evils The festival of Diwali extends over five days The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister of State Mary White T.D. at the Ireland-India Council celebrate the Indian Festival of Light – Diwali
    as our family and friends Diwali provides an important reminder to us to celebrate the joys of life I know that this is an important event for your communities and I am very happy to be part of the celebrations tonight I am also very aware of the large number of valuable services the Ireland India Council offer and I would like to congratulate the Council on establishing the Indian Information and Cultural Centre based here in Synge Street I know that the Centre offers a welcoming environment where businesses and the Irish Indian community can access information about the Indian economy business and culture I was delighted to learn the Centre also promotes Irish Indian friendships and common heritage This is in line with one of the EU Common Basic Principles for Integration which state that frequent interaction between immigrants and Member State citizens is a fundamental mechanism for integration In these difficult economic times it is crucial that Ireland continues to build and maintain economic social educational and cultural links with other countries These relations must be built on mutual respect and be mutually beneficial Ireland and India have succeeded in achieving such a relationship over the years Our Indian community here in Ireland has been a key player and a key resource in facilitating and developing these relationships There is a need to recognise that integration is a process which takes time and one where both migrants and the receiving community have both rights and responsibilities I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the enormous contribution that the Indian community has made and is continuing to make to Irish society As well as your knowledge skills and experience Indian migrants have introduced a vibrant and colourful culture to Ireland The popularity of Indian cuisine music dance fashion and film in Ireland is testament to our appreciation of Indian culture The Indian community have also embraced Irish life wholeheartedly Research studies such as the Immigrant Council of Ireland s 2008 research report Getting on from Migration to Integration emphasise this Their research found that almost 60 of Indian respondents felt that they shared common values with the Irish population Family values being one thing both countries hold in very high regard In April of this year I attended the fourth European Ministerial Conference on Integration in Zaragoza Spain The main topic of the conference was Integration as a driver for development and social cohesion It was most interesting to learn of other countries integration developments challenges and initiatives When I outlined Ireland s work to date our commitment to integration and also the strong commitment demonstrated by migrants in integrating into Irish life I was pleased to receive positive feedback from my EU counterparts As the Minister with responsibility for Integration I am committed to progressing the integration of our new communities into the social economic and civic aspects of Irish society My Office is involved in developing driving and co ordinating integration policy

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  • All News Items- European Refugee Fund Community Actions Call for Proposals 2010
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  • All News Items- First meeting of the Rest of Leinster forum of Ministerial Council on Integration
    in Ireland for two or more years or who have acquired Irish Citizenship Members of the Council were selected by Minister White and have been appointed for a period of five years In making these appointments the Minister took into account factors such as the need to have a balance between countries of origin places of residence in Ireland and the desirability of having an appropriate gender balance Membership of the Council is unpaid and voluntary but members will be paid travel and subsistence expenses The Council will meet two to three times per year in regional formation Connacht Ulster Dublin Rest of Leinster and Munster and consists of between 15 and 20 members in each region Meetings will be conducted in private in order to encourage a full exchange of views A press release will be issued after each meeting The Rest of Leinster Forum of the Ministerial Council on Integration will meet for the first time on 1 November 2010 in Carlow College Twelve different nationalities will be represented at the first meeting Inaugural meetings in the Connacht Ulster and Dublin Forums took place earlier this month and the Munster Forum will meet on 11 November 2010 in Cork Minister White is grateful to Carlow College and Monsignor Caoimhín O Neill for making facilities available to hold the meeting Membership of the Rest of Leinster region of the Ministerial Council on Integration Jayadev Vallath India S Basava Raj India Livingstone Thompson Jamaica Guy Jones Lebanon Lolita Gineitene Lithuania Vytautas Ruzveltas Lithuania Stephen Ojo Nigeria George Enyoazu Nigeria Roberto Samson Phillipines Dorota Nieznanska Poland Marta Szutkowska Kiszkiel Poland Kaska Kopczynska Poland Katarzyna Eckert Poland Florica Muntean Romania Anna Rooney Russia Alexey Ivanov Russia Jack Onek Sudan Peter Johnston UK Paul Makhuza Zimbabwe Background Notes 1 The establishment of the Ministerial Council on Integration is one of the initiatives outlined in the policy statement Migration Nation Statement on Integration Strategy and Diversity Management and is part of progressing work around migrant integration policy in Ireland 2 A notice inviting expressions of interest from migrants for appointment to a Ministerial Council on Integration was published in the National press on the 2nd June 2010 and in the Regional Press shortly thereafter 3 Just fewer than 500 valid applications 75 countries of origin were received in the Office of the Minister for Integration before the closing date of the 7th July 2010 4 The position as a Member of the Council is unpaid and voluntary Applicants for appointment to the Council were required to have been legally residing in the State for more than two years or to have acquired citizenship 5 Meetings of the Regional Forums of the Council will take place approximately 2 3 times a year A press release will issue following each regional forum Preaseisiúint 28 Deiredh Fómhair 2010 An Chéad Chruinniú d fhóram den Chuid eile de Chúige Laighean den Chomhairle Aireachta ar Lánpháirtíocht i gColáiste Cheatharlach ar 1 Samhain 2010 Tá Comhairle Aireachta ar Lánpháirtíocht bunaithe

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister Mary White T.D. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Ethnic Minority Integration Forum Launch
    Rathdown County Council Ethnic Minority Integration Forum Launch County Hall Marine Road Dún Laoghaire 19 10 2010 Ladies and Gentlemen I am delighted to be here this morning in the impressive surroundings of the Assembly Rooms to launch the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Ethnic Minority Integration Forum I would like to thank Rebakah Fozzard for inviting me to attend and I would like to thank the previous speakers for providing such an interesting insight into the great work which is taking place around integration locally Dún Laoghaire Rathdown with its rich history literary and artistic heritage has a strong and well established reputation for having a dynamic and diverse population While there have always been people from other countries living here there has been a particularly strong growth in the numbers of newcomers in the last ten years The 2006 Census tells us that Non Irish nationals represented 9 5 of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown population on Census night This figure represents a diverse range of cultures beliefs and ethnic backgrounds When I look around the room this morning I am delighted to see this diversity represented Increased diversity in the county translates into a changing profile of the make up of local communities schools workplaces and clubs On this basis it is vital that migrants are represented on existing structures and fora and that your views are heard on how existing services are run It is also very important that migrants are in a position to come together and bring issues of concern to local policy makers I have been very supportive of the development of intercultural fora at a local and national level and am delighted to see that they are well established in many locations throughout the country I believe that intercultural fora present a great opportunity for migrants from different cultures and backgrounds to come together to discuss their integration experiences develop activities share information and inform local service provision I commend the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Social Inclusion Unit for their dedication and also New Communities Partnership and the Southside Partnership for their contributions in developing this Integration Forum I was pleased to learn of the large number and broad range of nationalities represented and that already aims objectives and roles have been developed This forum will give you the opportunity to discuss issues that affect you on a daily basis and will allow issues of concern to be raised within a safe and open environment I was impressed by the simplicity and effectiveness of the ground rules which have been established to ensure the Forum will be as productive as possible These ground rules mirror many of the requirements in all successful relationships such as the need to listen and show respect to each other Without these two basis requirements it is difficult to co operate and make progress together I encourage all involved in the Forum to continue their hard work Active citizenship is one element to truly integrating into Irish society A strong commitment

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  • All News Items- Address by Ms. Mary White, T.D., Minister of State for Equality, Integration and Human Rights at the Inaugural Meeting of the Dublin Regional Forum of the Ministerial Council on Integration
    would not have been sufficient to enable the views experiences and concerns of as wide a variety of people as I considered necessary to be aired I therefore made the decision to have four different groupings acknowledging that people have moved to and settled in every part of the country and that the experiences of those settled in the different regions would not necessarily be the same It is the case that dealings with national bodies might be similar with the same outcomes and results yet it is a fact that integration is something which takes place at community level and it is not something that can be wished into being by policies produced at a national level Work has of course to be done at national level In that context intercultural strategies have been produced covering Health Education and most recently the Arts Central Government funding has also been provided to a number of local authorities and national organisations to promote integration and to develop anti racism plans Only a few weeks ago I was in this very building to launch Dublin City Council s One City One Voice anti racism plan which is the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by the Council to support the many migrants in our capital city I want to commend Gerry Folan and Declan Hayden and all at the Council for their commitment to this work One of the issues which is of concern is the danger of racism in this country Racism has no place in our society and that is a message which we must repeat again and again Thankfully we have not seen an upsurge in racist incidents reported to An Garda Siochana in recent years even though there has been an extraordinary by any standards increase in inward migration I believe that this is because of the common sense and basic decency of both the Irish people and of those who have moved here But there can be no grounds for complacency in this regard The small number of people who hold racist opinions must be challenged at every opportunity We have seen in other European countries a worrying rise in anti immigrant rhetoric accompanied by a rise in so called Islamophobia It is to be regretted that some far right political groupings have succeeded in making electoral gains in some countries by exploiting this rise We in Ireland know too well what devastation sectarian bigotry and lack of respect for others can bring We in Ireland must continue to promote tolerance and mutual respect we must continue dialogue seek to understand one another seek to dispel myths and misunderstandings This Council is one part of that process The vast majority of people accept and acknowledge the contribution being made to Irish society by migrants in all aspects of life We see it every day in this city in the workplaces the sports fields the schools the shops and the streets Dublin has benefited enormously from the

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  • All News Items- First meeting of the Dublin forum of Ministerial Council on Integration
    such as the need to have a balance between countries of origin places of residence in Ireland and the desirability of having an appropriate gender balance Membership of the Council is unpaid and voluntary but members will be paid travel and subsistence expenses The Council will meet two to three times per year in regional formation Connacht Ulster Dublin Rest of Leinster and Munster and consists of between 15 and 20 members in each region Meetings will be conducted in private in order to encourage a full exchange of views A press release will be issued after each meeting The Dublin region of the Ministerial Council on Integration will meet for the first time on 14 October 2010 in the Wood Quay Venue in Block 2 of the Dublin Civic Offices Woodquay This is the 2nd meeting of the Ministerial Council following on the inaugural meeting of the Connacht Ulster region on 7 October 2010 in Galway County Chambers Meetings in the other regions will take place over the next number of weeks Sixteen different nationalities will be represented at the first meeting of the Dublin forum Minister White is grateful to Dublin City Council for making facilities available to hold the meeting Membership of the Dublin region of Council Nasruddin Saljuqi Afghanistan Juan Pablo Fravega Argentina Margarita Chakova Bulgaria Violina Antcheva Bulgaria Li Li China Prashant Shukla India Alda Sneidere Latvia Lilita Dambrova Latvia Laura Kersulyte Lithuania Esther Osinuga Nigeria Umar Mahmood Khan Pakistan Anna Szewc Poland Krzysztof Kiedrowski Poland Robert Golebiewski Poland Daniela Crowe Romania Irina Ramoniene Russia and Lithuania Shaheed Satardien South Africa Zuzana Tesarova Slovakia Nils Gertsson Sweden John Magoye Uganda Issued by the Press Information Office at the Dept of Community Equality Gaeltacht Affairs Tel Teil 01 647 3130 Fax Facs 01 647 3215 Email Ríomhphost eolas pobail ie Web Gréasán www pobail ie Background Notes 1 The establishment of the Ministerial Council on Integration is one of the initiatives outlined in the policy statement Migration Nation Statement on Integration Strategy and Diversity Management and is part of progressing work around migrant integration policy in Ireland 2 A notice inviting expressions of interest from migrants for appointment to a Ministerial Council on Integration was published in the National press on the 2nd June 2010 and in the Regional Press shortly thereafter 3 Just fewer than 500 valid applications 75 countries of origin were received in the Office of the Minister for Integration before the closing date of the 7th July 2010 4 The position as a Member of the Council is unpaid and voluntary Applicants for appointment to the Council were required to have been legally residing in the State for more than two years or to have acquired citizenship 5 Meetings of the Regional Forums of the Council will take place approximately 2 3 times a year A press release will issue following each regional forum Preaseisiúint 12 Deireadh Fómhair 2010 An Chéad Chruinniú d fhóram Bhaile Átha Cliath den Chomhairle Aireachta ar Lánpháirtíocht

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  • All News Items- Speech by Ms. Mary White, T.D., Minister of State for Equality, Integration and Human Rights at the Inaugural Meeting of the Connacht/Ulster Regional Forum of the Ministerial Council on Integration
    statement Migration Nation published on in May 2008 on the occasion of the expansion of the European Union in May 2004 On my appointment to the post of Minister for Integration in March this year I decided that one formation of the Council which would represent the entire country would not have been sufficient to enable the views experiences and concerns of as wide a variety of people as I considered necessary to be aired I therefore made the decision to have four different groupings acknowledging that people have moved to and settled in every part of the country and that the experiences of those settled in the different regions would not necessarily be the same It is the case that dealings with national bodies might be similar with the same outcomes and results yet it is a fact that integration is something which takes place at community level and it is not something that can be wished into being by policies produced at a national level Work has of course to be done at national level In that context Intercultural strategies have been produced covering the Health Education and most recently the Arts Central Government funding has also been provided to a number of local authorities and national organisations to promote integration and to develop anti racism plans I was in Galway during the summer and met with the Galway inter cultural forum The meeting was one of many I had with fora and organisations who work with local authorities to create cities and counties of equals to re work a phrase of Galway City Council One of the issues which is of concern is the danger of racism in this country Racism has no place in our society and that is a message which we must repeat again and again Thankfully we have not seen an upsurge in racist incidents reported to An Garda Siochana in recent years even though there has been an extraordinary by any standards increase in inward migration I believe that this is because of the common sense and basic decency of both the Irish people and of those who have moved here But there can be no grounds for complacency in this regard The small number of people who hold racist opinions must be challenged at every opportunity We have seen in other European countries a worrying rise in anti immigrant rhetoric accompanied by a rise in so called Islamophobia It is to be regretted that some far right political groupings have succeeded in making electoral gains in some countries by exploiting this rise We in Ireland know too well what devastation sectarian bigotry and lack of respect for others can bring We in Ireland must continue to promote tolerance and mutual respect we must continue dialogue seek to understand one another seek to dispel myths and misunderstandings This Council is one part of that process The vast majority of people accept and acknowledge the contribution being made to Irish society by migrants

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