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  • All News Items- Statement by Minister Mary White, T.D., on the Adjournment in Dáil Eireann, 24th June 2010
    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 Statement by Minister Mary White T D on the Adjournment in Dáil Eireann 24th June 2010 24 06 2010 I thank the Deputy for raising this matter and giving me the opportunity to comment on it As the Deputy indicates this document was published by the Migrant Rights Centre Since taking office as Minister of State with special responsibility for equality integration and human rights I have made it my business to meet as many people and organisations involved in the integration field in different parts of the country as I possibly can From them I am learning of the challenges that face us as a country in integrating newcomers and the way we are responding to those challenges Among the bodies which I have met has been the Migrant Rights Centre and let me say that I greatly admire the work of the Centre in helping migrants As is indicated in the matter tabled by the Deputy the Migrant Rights Centre published this document but it should be acknowledged that it was written by Mr Niall Crowley a person who is a respected advocate for equality and for the marginalised over many years both as Chief Executive of the Equality Authority and in the NGO sector In March this year Minister of State John Curran as the then Minister for Integration issued the following statements in response to the MRCI pamphlet First of all in the context of this Office no reference is made to the grants given to national groups in various fields to support integration in sporting and cultural fields as well as grants made available to local authorities to support integration in their own areas The pamphlet quotes correctly the McCarthy report as recommending that the Office of the Minister for Integration should be abolished and that language support teachers in schools should be reduced from 2200 to 500 The Government did not abolish this Office and the reduction in language support teachers was to about 1500 at a cost incidentally of about 100 million euro The pamphlet does not record this fact In dealing with the Live Register the author claims

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister Mary White T.D., at the launch of the Irish Churches' Affirmations on Migration, Diversity and Interculturalism
    does not take any responsibility for quality of translation Speech by Minister Mary White T D at the launch of the Irish Churches Affirmations on Migration Diversity and Interculturalism 21 06 2010 Venue Civic Offices Dublin City Council 11am 21st June 2010 I would like to start by thanking Adrian Cristea from the Parish Based Integration Project for the invitation to be here this morning I would also like to thank the previous speakers for their insightful thoughts and messages of openness to members of new communities Immigration has brought great diversity to many areas of life in Ireland not least to our spiritual and faith based communities where it has increased many congregation sizes and given them a new vibrancy And while the high numbers of migrants partaking in services is reflective of the increased number of migrants living in our society more generally it is also a reflection of the fact that many of those who have come to our shores come from deeply religious backgrounds and want to partake fully in spiritual devotions here For this reason our faith communities are uniquely placed to reach out to newcomers in their congregations to provide emotional and spiritual support promote involvement in the wider community and ultimately help in creating a more inclusive society In producing this resource document the Inter Church Committee have shown that they recognise their role in the integration process and that they value cultural and ethnic diversity and the importance of key values such as respect hospitality openness and equality in creating an inclusive society I was particularly impressed by the ten Affirmations which have been endorsed by the 15 members of the Inter church Meeting I would like to speak briefly about some of these Affirmations Firstly I want to acknowledge the call to churches to explore and adopt ways of worship systems of administration and other structures so that they fully respond to and reflect Church membership This Affirmation represents a recognition that the membership of churches is changing and becoming more diverse and it acknowledges that all areas of the work of Churches should reflect this diversity The Affirmations also recognise the importance of defending the rights of all migrants in accordance with international and national laws and standards on migration and calls on churches to advocate for the rights of migrants As yesterday was World Refugee Day I think that it is important to acknowledge the impact that many faith based bodies have made to the lives of persons who have come to Ireland seeking protection or who have been accepted under refugee resettlement programmes Faith based groups have shown strong and forthright leadership and practical support to many of the most vulnerable of these people I think that advocacy is another area where faith based groups have not been found wanting I commend Churches on the work which they have done in carrying out evidence based research in highlighting matters of on going concern with Government officials and working

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  • All News Items- World Refugee Day is 20TH JUNE 2010
    Media Africa Day Migrant Representation Wearing of the hijab Wearing the burqa EU Developments EU Modules Integration Common Basic Principles EU National Contacts Integration Handbooks EU Integration Forum EU Integration Website Ministerial Conferences Treaty of Lisbon Stockholm Programme EU Integration Agenda EU Integration Indicators Education PISA Education PIAAC Education 2014 Racism Responsible Bodies Report a Racist Incident Report Crime to Gardaí Crime Victims Helpline Equality Tribunal Garda Ombudsman 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

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  • All News Items- The National Women’s Council has announced the appointment to its board of Salome Mbugua
    Media Africa Day Migrant Representation Wearing of the hijab Wearing the burqa EU Developments EU Modules Integration Common Basic Principles EU National Contacts Integration Handbooks EU Integration Forum EU Integration Website Ministerial Conferences Treaty of Lisbon Stockholm Programme EU Integration Agenda EU Integration Indicators Education PISA Education PIAAC Education 2014 Racism Responsible Bodies Report a Racist Incident Report Crime to Gardaí Crime Victims Helpline Equality Tribunal Garda Ombudsman 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

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister of State Mary White, T.D., at the Launch of the New Communities Partnership and the Africa Centre's Report on the 2009 Voter Registration & Education Campaign - 'Our Vote Can Make A Difference'
    on the Voter Registration Education Campaign Our Vote Can Make A Difference One of the most important indicators of immigrant integration in any society is political and civic activity Taking an interest in local issues demonstrates a long term interest and commitment to one s community and the people who live in it And while some may demonstrate this interest by standing for election becoming involved in a civil society group or becoming involved in campaigns for most people political participation involves the simple act of voting in elections In a 2008 report which assessed policies to integrate migrants in 25 EU Member States the Migrant Integration Policy Index found that Ireland has electoral rights and political liberties for migrants which meet best practice in Europe In Ireland any legally resident person can vote and stand for local elections This means that as well as Irish nationals and EU nationals Non EU nationals are eligible to vote in local elections On this basis eligible migrants need to know how to register to vote how the political system operates and how to vote in elections Information on voting needs to be clear impartial in a language that migrants understand and needs take account of the fact that for some migrants this may be the first time that some have had the opportunity to vote in free elections I therefore commend this very worthwhile campaign which I am happy to say that my own Office part funded through local authority funding It has been very successful in its aims of mobilising people from migrant backgrounds to register to vote in last year s local and European elections I understand from reading the report that the campaign helped to ensure that 15 861 immigrants registered to vote in the June 2009 local elections a 44 increase compared to the number registered prior to the campaign taking place For all those who took the time to register to vote I congratulate you especially the 94 of those who registered that went on to cast their vote on election day For those eligible immigrants who have not yet registered I encourage you to make sure your name is on the register of electors for future elections I think the report reminds us that each individual vote does make a difference and how important is it for us to exercise this right I was very happy to read that 125 people volunteered to conduct Voter Education training sessions around the country These volunteers used their networks to reach out to migrants and provided them with the necessary information and reassurance when dealing with the authorities It is the selfless dedication and commitment of volunteers such as these that truly makes things happen The report makes a number of interesting recommendations One issue raised was the fact that some migrants felt intimidated entering a Garda Station to register I know An Garda Síochána have been working to create positive relations with migrants communities through open days and

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  • All News Items- Ministerial Council on Integration - Announcement
    and I would encourage migrants to apply for appointment to the Council It is an opportunity for individuals to have a voice in relation to their integration experiences and to help shape a better and more cohesive Ireland I would particularly urge women from the immigrant communities to apply as I would like the Council to have a gender balance ENDS Background Information for Editors Minister Mary White T D Minister of State for Equality Integration and Human Rights will establish a Ministerial Council on Integration to advise her directly on issues faced by migrants The Minister will chair meetings of the Council The Council will meet in regional formation Each regional forum will be composed of 15 to 20 members who reside in the region The members will be migrants who will be appointed for a period of five years In appointing members the Minister will take account as far as possible of 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 Council meetings will be convened by the Minister and will normally be held two to three times a year in each region The four regions will be as follows Dublin Rest of Leinster Munster and Connacht Ulster Members of the Council will attend meetings in the region in which they reside Meetings will be held in private However a press statement giving details of the matters discussed will be issued after each Council meeting Travel and s ubsistence will be paid with regard to attendance at Council meetings in line with the appropriate Civil Service rates Who can apply to be appointed Expressions of interest for appointment to the Ministerial Council are now being sought from persons from the migrant community who are legally resident in Ireland for two or more years or who have acquired Irish citizenship Applicants for asylum or subsidiary protection will not be eligible to apply Intending applicants should forward a Curriculum Vitae stating country of origin also and a covering letter outlining their background and the reasons they consider themselves suitable for appointment to the Ministerial Council by post to The Office of the Minister for Integration Dún Aimhirgin 43 49 Mespil Road Dublin 4 or by email to info integration ie to arrive no later than 7th July 2010 Please mark the envelope or email Ministerial Council on Integration Please note that interviews may be held Short listing may apply Issued by the Press Information Office at the Dept of Community Rural Gaeltacht Affairs Eisithe ag Oifig Preasa Eolais na Roinne Gnóthaí Pobail Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta Tel Teil 01 647 3130 Fax Facs 01 6473215 087 7956378 Email Ríomhphost eolas pobail ie Web Gréasán www pobail ie Preaseisiúint 2 Meitheamh 2010 COMHAIRLE AIREACHTA MAIDIR LE COMHTHÁTHÚ D fhógair an tAire Mary White TD Aire Stáit do Chomhionannas Comhtháthú agus Cearta Daonna inniu go bhfuil tús curtha aici leis an bpróiseas chun Comhairle Aireachta

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  • All News Items- Appointment of Mr. Issah Huseini as one of Ireland's representatives to the EU Integration Forum
    Principles EU National Contacts Integration Handbooks EU Integration Forum EU Integration Website Ministerial Conferences Treaty of Lisbon Stockholm Programme EU Integration Agenda EU Integration Indicators Education PISA Education PIAAC Education 2014 Racism Responsible Bodies Report a Racist Incident Report Crime to Gardaí Crime Victims Helpline Equality Tribunal Garda Ombudsman 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

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  • All News Items- Speech by Minister White for the launch of Bulgarian Exhibition
    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 Speech by Minister White for the launch of Bulgarian Exhibition 08 04 2010 Speech by Minister White for the opening of The Power of Civil Society The Fate of Jews in Bulgaria during the Holocaust Exhibition 6 pm Wednesday 7 April 2010 Central Library Ilac Centre Henry Street Dublin 1 Lord Mayor Ambassadors Ladies and Gentlemen I am honoured to be here this evening for the opening of this very insightful and interesting exhibition I want to take this opportunity to thank the Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland for inviting me to speak at this event I am here in my new role as Minister of State in the newly reconfigured Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs As part of my new role I have responsibility for Integration and Equality matters My job is to drive policy and action to create a more equal more tolerant and integrated Ireland I have always had a huge interest in this field of work and I am really passionate about this new position I feel that the Government decision to bring the policy areas relating to Integration Social Inclusion Human Rights and Equality together in one Department will aid greater collaboration and synergy and I am committed to driving these issues forward I know that promoting both Integration and Equality in society are at the very heart of the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust These ideas are contained in the very messages they deliver through the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Perhaps even more importantly the Trust also work with both our National and Secondary School Teachers to deliver these messages to our young people I know that there is excellent work being undertaken in our schools right around the country through initiatives such as the Crocus project and through the delivery of personal accounts from survivors of the Holocaust who now live in Ireland I am proud of the Governments long association with the Holocaust Educational Trust of Ireland Reminding our younger generations of the tragedy of the Holocaust is our responsibility and it is an important undertaking so that this tragic event will never be forgotten This Government is fully committed to tackling all forms of discrimination prejudice and racism That is why my Office has provided funding towards the Holocaust Memorial Day event and towards the provision of Educational materials in our schools In January at the 2010 Holocaust Memorial Day event in the Mansion House the

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