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  • All News Items- Speech by Mary White T.D. Minister of State for Equality, Integration & Human Rights at the Muslim Entrepreneurship in Ireland Seminar
    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 Speech by Mary White T D Minister of State for Equality Integration Human Rights at the Muslim Entrepreneurship in Ireland Seminar DIT Aungier Street 06 10 2010 Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen I am delighted to have been asked to address this conference on Muslim entrepreneurship today I would like to thank Ambassador Rooney for inviting me to address you all this afternoon I can see from the agenda that you have already had a very interesting morning of discussion and a lot of very experienced speakers who have talked about the particular challenges that Muslim entrepreneurs face As we are all too well aware Ireland is experiencing a very difficult economic climate and job losses have been affecting both the Irish and immigrant communities The challenges which we face will require innovative approaches and we must continue to actively examine ways to encourage the future economic growth of our country One way we can do this is by encouraging entrepreneurial activity And the Irish Government recognises this and we place a high priority on supporting entrepreneurship and growing Irish businesses Over the last decade the Government has made significant investment in developing the broader environment for start ups This has included substantial investment in Incubators Seed and Venture Funds Business Angel Networks and Mentors Enterprise Ireland has supported between 50 and 70 High Potential Start Ups HPSUs each year over the past decade We aim to increase this to 100 High Potential Start Ups a year by 2016 These new High Potential Start Up companies are an integral part of the Government s blue print for the Smart Economy and are from sectors as diverse as life sciences bio tech and medical technology food telecommunications and internet services Also in this last decade we can be in no doubt that Ireland has become a much more multicultural country and this presents entrepreneurs with exciting opportunities to respond and develop new services and products Many of our newcomers have the drive and commitment to form successful businesses And I am delighted that there are so many examples of success stories already in Ireland and within the Muslim community here It is evident that immigrants are amongst the most entrepreneurial people they have already shown that they are not risk adverse by leaving their countries of origin to make a better life in their new country and they are driven to ensure that they succeed in this I am very conscious that we need to actively encourage and support entrepreneurship in Ireland In particular we need to harness the potential of our ethnic communities and ensure

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  • All News Items- First meeting of the Connacht/Ulster forum of Ministerial Council on Integration
    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 Connacht Ulster region of the Ministerial Council on Integration will meet for the first time on 7 October 2010 in Galway County Chambers Fourteen different nationalities will be represented at the first meeting Meetings in the other regions will take place over the next number of weeks Minister White is grateful to Galway County Council for making facilities available to hold the meeting Membership of Connacht Ulster region of Council Name Country of Origin County Svetlana Razlivanava Burns Belarus Leitrim Geneci Da Cruz Uí Fhátharta Brazil Galway Jipe Kelly Cameroon Galway Xiao Yan Sun China Donegal Kranthi Samminga India Donegal Ajit Kumar Dharmarajan India Donegal Miranda Jankauskiene Lithuania Mayo Joseph Nyirenda Malawi Galway Paul Osikoya Nigeria Galway Talib Hussain Chaudhry Pakistan Mayo Konrad Niewulski Poland Donegal Maria Silva Portugal Galway Manar Cherbatji Syria Mayo Ellen Stagg UK Mayo Mika Hennessy Japan Galway 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 Preasráiteas 5 Deireadh Fómhair 2010 An Chéad Chruinniú d fhóram Chonnacht Uladh den Chomhairle Aireachta ar Lánpháirtíocht Tá Comhairle Aireachta ar Lánpháirtíocht bunaithe ag an Aire Comhionannais Lánpháirtíochta agus Cearta an Duine Mary White Uasal T D Cuirfear fóram ar fáil trí bhíthin na Comhairle inar féidir le himircigh labhairt go díreach leis an Aire faoina dtaithí ar lánpháirtíocht in Éirinn agus ar an gcaoi sin cuirfear ceapadh beartais níos eolasaí chun cinn trí shaincheisteanna a aithint agus aird a tharraingt orthu Is é bunú na Comhairle ceann de na tionscnaimh a ndéantar achoimre air sa ráiteas beartais in Náisiún Imirce Ráiteas ar Straitéis Imeasctha agus Bainistiú Éagsúlachta agus is cuid den obair leanúnach a bhíonn ar siúl é chun beartas lánpháirtíochta d imircigh in Éirinn a chur chun cinn Áirítear ar ghníomhaíochtaí eile deontais a sholáthar d Údaráis Áitiúla eagraíochtaí móra spóirt etc Cuireadh fógraí sa Phreas Náisiúnta agus Réigiúnach inar iarradh ar dhaoine spéis a léiriú i gceapachán don Chomhairle Aireachta Fáiltíodh roimh iarratais ó dhaoine ón bpobal imirce atá ina gcónaí go dleathach in Éirinn ar feadh dhá bhliain nó níos faide nó a bhfuil saoránacht Éireann bainte amach acu Roghnaigh an tAire White comhaltaí na Comhairle agus ceapadh iad ar feadh tréimhse cúig bliana Agus na ceapacháin sin á ndéanamh

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister Mary White, TD, at the Cork Integration Forum Launch
    Translation tool provided by Google The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration does not take any responsibility for quality of translation Speech by Minister Mary White TD at the Cork Integration Forum Launch Millennium Hall City Hall Cork 28 09 2010 Ladies and gentlemen I am thrilled to be here this morning in Cork City Hall and I would like to congratulate the Sudanese drummers on their fantastic performance I would like to thank the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Michael O Connell for his kind welcome and I would also like to thank Mary Sheehy of Cork City Partnership for sending me the invitation to attend and speak at today s official launch of the Cork Integration Forum I was delighted to accept I always look forward to each visit I make to Cork and particularly to Cork City a city with a rich history and a strong cultural and sporting life Lonely Planet were obviously very impressed by the city as well as it listed it in its top 10 Best Cities to travel to in 2010 describing it as being sophisticated vibrant and diverse Inward migration has no doubt made a massive contribution to this vibrancy and diversity The last Census told us that just over 11 of people living in Cork City were born outside of Ireland This represents a diverse range of cultures beliefs and ethnic backgrounds And as this morning s Sudanese drumming group exemplifies it as results a wealth of musical and creative talent To harness fully the potential of immigration to the Cork City area it is important that migrants can access services become involved in civic activities participate in local clubs and get to know the people who live in their local area It is vital that migrants themselves local service providers community organisations and local authorities all work together to try to overcome any language cultural or institutional barriers which prevent them from engaging fully in local life and availing of services On this basis I am very supportive of the development of local intercultural fora as I believe that they present a great opportunity for migrants from different cultures and backgrounds to come together to discuss their integration experiences Members can develop activities share information and raise issues that affect them on a daily basis I am also impressed by the objectives of the Cork Integration Forum I welcome the fact that one of the objectives of the forum is to work directly with statutory agencies and to bring issues of concern to their attention It is only through working together around identified issues that we can successfully overcome obstacles It is great to look around the room and see so many people from a wide range of organisations involved in the forums activities Another objective of the forum is to promote and support active citizenship This is an important aspect of successful integration Taking an interest in local issues demonstrates a long term interest and commitment to

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister Mary White T.D. at the opening of Dublin City Council Conference: One City, One People, Integration: The Next Decade
    of Migrant Integration does not take any responsibility for quality of translation Speech by Minister Mary White T D at the opening of Dublin City Council Conference One City One People Integration The Next Decade Wood Quay Venue Dublin City Council 24 09 2010 Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to start by thanking Gerry Folan and Declan Hayden for the invitation to be here to open today s conference entitled Integration The Next Decade This conference forms part of the One City One People campaign which is aimed at promoting immigrant inclusion and combating racism and discrimination in Dublin City I am delighted to say that my Office has financially supported the campaign and that I had the pleasure of speaking at its launch in City Hall on last Wednesday The title of today s conference Integration The Next Decade is forward looking and should provide an opportunity to consider and plan the kind of Dublin which we would like to build in the future In these challenging times there continues to be a strong social cultural and business case for promoting the values of diversity and openness in Dublin Developing a city which is comfortable with diversity and one which recognises the potential of immigration is crucial to maintaining the economic and social reputation of the city Doing so adds to the advantages of doing business here and makes the city attractive for tourism and international events It adds to the quality of life of all residents and brings a great cultural vibrancy to the city and its environs Developing an integrated and open city requires the involvement of everyone On the one hand migrants have a responsibility to make efforts to become involved in local level activities and to get to know people in their local community Members of receiving communities also have a responsibility to get to know migrants and facilitate their integration Policy makers planners business leaders and community groups are amongst the key groups which also have a vital role in this area In discussing integration over the next decade in Dublin I would like to briefly touch on some of the conditions which I consider necessary to create an open and cohesive Dublin City These include local and national strategic planning intersectoral collaboration sharing and learning of best practice and consultation National and local strategic planning As we know strategic planning at a local and national level is imperative to ensure that migrants can access services and participate in the local community in the Dublin City area on a comparable basis with the receiving community This is in line with the policy of mainstreaming which implies that the planning and delivery of services for immigrants should be part of the normal planning and delivery of services for all At a national level it is vital that key sectors Departments and agencies evaluate how their services are delivered and put measures in place to ensure that they operate in an interculturally competent manner Two

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  • All News Items- Cultural Diversity Strategy and the Arts
    arts and music The importance of the Arts in promoting integration has been recognised and I am delighted that my Office could support the Arts Council in carrying out their significant research project Cultural Diversity and the Arts I know an enormous amount of work went into this research and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work done by the Arts Council and by Sarah Tuck and her team at Create the researchers and advisors and the steering group for the project which was ably chaired by Dr Aileen Pearson Evans People often see a final refined policy document but may not actually appreciate the in depth research and analysis that makes the production of a realistic and achievable plan possible a plan that has the crucial buy in of all those who can ensure successful implementation I have said it many times before and I will continue to stress the fact that Integration cannot be achieved without the buy in and proactive involvement of all sections of society This does not just mean national and local government but all local and national organisations communities schools workplaces and individuals There is a need to recognise that integration is a process which takes time and one where both migrants and the receiving community have responsibilities It is of course important that the Government provides policy direction and funding It is crucial that individual Government Departments and agencies ensure that their services are easily accessible by migrant populations I would emphasise the need for all organisations to constantly question and re assess whether their services are open to and accessible by migrants It is not acceptable to assume that because migrants are not availing of a service or participating in an activity they do not have a need or an interest in it I am delighted that the Arts Council along with other key statutory bodies such as the HSE and An Garda Síochána have developed intercultural and diversity strategies action plans and practical tools to ensure that their services can adapt to cater for the needs of a changing client group I launched another very important Strategy the Intercultural Education Strategy at a conference in Croke Park last week This Strategy which was also based on international and national research and best practice will help to ensure that there is an intercultural learning environment for all educational sectors Indeed significant progress has already been made in our schools and the Government is spending some 10m each year to fund English language classes Some of the national sporting bodies such as the FAI the GAA and Basketball Ireland have also developed diversity strategies which are being implemented at a national and grass roots level A key factor in successful integration is recognising that for integration to be truly effective it must be a ground up approach and take place at a local level This is why my policies and funding priorities are based around mobilising migrants to participate

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  • All News Items- Minister White announces details of the newly established Ministerial Council on Integration
    Info for Migrants Languages Available Arabic Bengali Bulgarian Česky Czech Chinese Deutsch German Eesti Estonian EÌdeÌ Yoruba Espa ol Spanish Français French Hindi Hrvat Croat Italiano Italian Kiswahili Swahili Latviešu valoda Latvian Lietuvi k Lithuanian Lingala Magyar Hungarian Malti Maltese Pashto Polski Polish Português do Brasil Punjabi Român Romanian Russian Shqiptar Albanian Slovenčina Slovak Soomaali Somali Srpski Serbian Srpsko hrvatski Svenska Swedish Thai Ukrainian Urdu Information about Ireland Accessing Information Local Directories 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 announces details of the newly established Ministerial Council on Integration 22 09 2010 Ministerial Council on Integration Mary White T D Minister of State with responsibility for Equality Integration and Human Rights announced on 22 09 2010 the establishment of a Ministerial Council on Integration to advise her on issues faced by migrants in Ireland Initial offers of appointment have been made to the successful candidates The Council will meet in regional formation and consist of either 15 or 20 members in each region The provincial regions dates of initial meetings and formations are as follows A Connacht Ulster forum which will consist of 15 members and will meet on October 7th 2010 A Dublin forum which will consist of 20 members and will meet on October 14th 2010 A Rest of Leinster forum which will consist of 20 members and will convene on November 1st 2010 A Munster forum which will consist of 20 members and will convene on November 11th 2010 Members of the Council have been selected by the Minister 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 Initial offers of appointment have been made to the successful candidates Minister of State White said I am very pleased to be announcing the establishment of the Council today Just under five

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  • All News Items- Speech by Mary White T.D. Minister of State for Equality, Integration & Human Rights
    noticed increased diversity in our own localities Until ten years ago diversity was mainly limited to the presence of Traveller students and the occasional immigrant student Only the third level sector would have had a distinct international students presence Today that diversity has expanded to include our immigrant communities and the increasing presence of international students whether in third level or in language schools We all know summer has arrived when we hear the Spanish or Italian students chatting vibrantly in our neighbourhoods The 2002 census found that almost 6 of our population consisted of immigrants The last census in 2006 showed that immigrants representing some 200 different nationalities made up 10 of our population They were found to be dispersed throughout the country We all know that the changing economic circumstances in Ireland in the last few years have led to decreased immigration and increased emigration by both the Irish and immigrant communities There are still significant numbers of immigrants coming to Ireland and it will be fascinating to analyse the results and new trends found in the 2011 census Ireland has changed and continues to change It is now a far more diverse country and into the future we will have to consider the needs of second and third generation immigrants We know for example that 22 of births registered in 2009 were to mothers with immigrant backgrounds Between 2005 2008 PPS numbers issued to immigrants aged 0 14 years more than doubled This suggests that immigrant families with children are choosing to stay here while some immigrants without young children may be leaving In most education sectors immigrant students make up approximately 10 of their student population Each sector has characteristics that are particular to itself For example the ESRI s study found that 40 of primary schools had no immigrant students whilst almost all second level schools had immigrant students The nationality profile for primary and post primary is very different from that at third level Profiles of student bodies are in no way homogenous and are characterised by diversity Aims As I noted earlier the Strategy is designed for all learning environments This is regardless of whether or not there are immigrants present There is diversity in all student bodies whether students are local indigenous children members of the Traveller community or from other countries such as Poland or Nigeria They may be second generation immigrants born in Ireland to immigrant parents The combinations are endless and it is this vast range of possibilities that we must constantly consider In recognition of this the Strategy aims firstly to put learners at its core by respecting the diversity of values beliefs languages and traditions in Irish society And secondly it aims to assist educators whatever their setting in creating a learning environment where inclusion and integration within an intercultural learning environment become the norm Thus we can see that both learners and educators are at the very heart of this Strategy Main findings I have already mentioned the commonality of the findings which emerged from the consultations and research This led to the creation of one strategy for the whole education sector The findings are distilled into ten key components and summarised further into five high level goals I believe that this approach will enable the creation of an integrated inclusive and intercultural learning environment Ten Key components These are 1 Leadership This is required at all levels and in all sectors It should be proactive and involve a holistic whole team approach 2 Knowledge of the language s of instruction As we all know knowledge of the language of instruction is essential for success in education All educators must recognise their role in this regard The Council of Europe emphasises the importance of Language as subject and Language in subject I think these two phrases summarise the important role all educators have whether they are dedicated language teachers or whether they are teachers of other subjects Educators should systematically infuse language learning into their own subject area The importance of migrants own mother tongue has also to be recognised In the Leaving Certificate this year students were able to present in 27 languages 3 Mainstreaming There is an important point to be made here Whether or not there is a mixture of settled Irish Irish Travellers or immigrants enrolled in an education setting educators have to continue to develop an inclusive integrated and intercultural learning environment This reflects the reality of all our communities in 2010 This approach applies to pre school settings to informal community education as much as it does to a primary classroom or a university lecture theatre The community education sector is often the key sector through which immigrants initially become involved in both educational and community activities I am particularly delighted to see that there will be a presentation by Failte Isteach later this morning 4 Rights and responsibilities We must recognise that successful integration is a dynamic two way process This in fact is one of 11 EU principles for successful integration It is not good enough that we should expect the Traveller or the immigrant to integrate into the ways of the majority culture The majority and minority communities have to work together and see diversity as an asset that will enhance all our lives A recent publication by the European Network against Racism stated this sentiment very succinctly when it noted that the role of intercultural education is essential not only for ethnic minorities but also to ensure the majority population recognises the vital importance of equality and diversity to a vibrant and prosperous society and economy It is therefore important that we all respect and preserve cultural and identity values as long as they do not conflict with the fundamental values of Irish society 5 High aspirations and expectations These are required for all learners by all educators parents and communities We must motivate all our learners to achieve to their maximum potential irrespective of background

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  • All News Items- Minister White launches Ireland's first national "Intercultural Education Strategy", 2010-2015
    Broadcasting Complaint Complaint re Newspaper Internet Complaint Racist Graffiti Racist Incident Statistics Reported Racist Crime Equality Tribunal Cases GSOC Cases Press Council Ombud FRA Assessment ECRIAssessment Media Coverage Racial Profiling Ministerial Statements Parliamentary Questions NPAR 2005 2008 Messages to Staff 2013 ECRI EU Developments EU Decision on Racism EU Declaration on Racism EU Rome Declaration UN Developments Durban Review CERD Holocaust Memorial Day Holocaust Alliance IHRA Resettlement Introduction Process Resettlement Towns Statistics Vietnam Bosnia Kosovo 2000 2009 2010 onward Relocation Refugee Stories Resettlement Events Resettlement PQs Resettlement Debates Info for Migrants Languages Available Arabic Bengali Bulgarian Česky Czech Chinese Deutsch German Eesti Estonian EÌdeÌ Yoruba Espa ol Spanish Français French Hindi Hrvat Croat Italiano Italian Kiswahili Swahili Latviešu valoda Latvian Lietuvi k Lithuanian Lingala Magyar Hungarian Malti Maltese Pashto Polski Polish Português do Brasil Punjabi Român Romanian Russian Shqiptar Albanian Slovenčina Slovak Soomaali Somali Srpski Serbian Srpsko hrvatski Svenska Swedish Thai Ukrainian Urdu Information about Ireland Accessing Information Local Directories 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 launches Ireland s first national Intercultural Education Strategy 2010 2015 Croke Park 16 09 2010 The Minister of State for Equality Integration and Human Rights Mary White TD today launched Ireland s first national Intercultural Education Strategy The Strategy which has a five year lifespan contains the ten key components and five high level goals of intercultural education which form the basis of the Strategy s implementation plan Based on the findings to emerge from the extensive research and consultations a common plan has been proposed for all sectors of education Speaking at the launch of the strategy in Croke Park today Minister White outlined its aims Put learners at its core by respecting the diversity of values beliefs languages and traditions in Irish society and to assist educators whatever their setting in creating a learning environment where inclusion and integration within an intercultural learning environment become the norm The Minister acknowledged the good practice already found across all sectors of education Through

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