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  • All News Items- Minister for Integration Announces Integration funding made available in 2009
    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 for Integration Announces Integration funding made available in 2009 04 11 2009 The Minister for Integration Mr John Curran TD has made integration funding of 916 734 available to date in 2009

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  • All News Items- Address by Minister Curran at the AGM of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare
    think that is a very good starting point to your discussions There is no doubt that integration is a complex issue as it involves many policy areas and impacts on different aspects of life Integration policy covers areas such as equality education health housing immigration community policing arts and sport to name but a few As identified in your AGM theme it poses significant challenges and requires adaptation in almost every sphere of public administration But what do we mean by the term integration Both at home and abroad there are many different definitions in use and the vocabulary around integration is often confusing It involves concepts such as multiculturalism interculturalism assimilation social cohesion social inclusion and anti discrimination The concept that we favour in Ireland is interculturalism and this seeks to focus on how the different cultures speak to each other listen to each other interact with each other find ways to learn from each other and enrich each other In essence it is a two way process involving both the newcomers and the host communities and this has been Government policy since the late nineties with the publication of the first integration report which was called Integration A Two Way Process Integration is also a process that involves both rights and responsibilities While every country has different approaches a lot of good work was done at EU level in developing the European Common Basic Principles of Integration which were published in 2005 These eleven principles cover areas such as the importance of mainstreaming policies and measures intercultural dialogue employment knowledge of host society education and access to services They have been a major influence in Ireland and have helped inform the development of our own principles as contained in the document Migration Nation Statement on Integration Strategy and Diversity Management which was published by my Office in 2008 The key principles which underpin Irish policy with regard to Integration include a partnership approach between the Government and non governmental organisations a strong link between Integration Policy and wider state social inclusion measures a mainstream approach to service delivery to migrants and also a commitment to effective local delivery mechanisms that align services to migrants with those for indigenous communities I believe that the concept of mainstreaming is critical to success in integration Mainstreaming implies that the planning and delivery of both services and policies for immigrants should be part of the normal planning and delivery of services for all society including immigrants However there is a recognition that targeted services for some immigrants will always be needed In line with our mainstream approach the objectives of integration policies are realised through strategies initiatives and measures within several policy areas and by many different Government Departments and agencies A lot of work has already been done in making services more accessible in planning and delivering services in a culturally competent manner in translating information in providing interpretation services and in rolling out diversity training for front line staff This is an on going need of course and will require continuous review Important work continues to be done by organisations such as the National Employment Rights Authority who work to ensure that the rights of migrant workers are upheld and by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland to facilitate recognition of foreign qualifications The Garda Síochána our police force have also implemented many initiatives such as the establishment of the Garda Racial and Intercultural Office the appointment of approx 400 ethnic liaison officers and the active recruitment of people from minority communities They have also published a Diversity Strategy and Implementation Plan this year Other developments include the setting up of my Office in 2007 to develop drive and co ordinate integration policy and the establishment of a cross Departmental group to drive forward the integration agenda Another measure of note which was undertaken by Government was the development of a National Action Plan Against Racism which promoted the development of a number of effective and strategic programmes involving both anti racism and integration measures The Plan was focussed on the period 2005 to 2008 but my Office will continue to maintain the Government commitment to address racism as a key aspect of integration diversity management and broader national social policy Funding has also been provided to develop intercultural strategies at national and local levels and examples of these include the comprehensive Intercultural Health Strategy that was published by the HSE last year the development of Anti Racism and Diversity Plans or Intercultural Plans by some of the Local Authorities and the development of an Intercultural Education Strategy which I will talk about in more detail shortly However a key factor in successful integration must be the recognition that integration cannot be directed by Government Ministers alone in order for it 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 in the cultural sporting and political aspects of Irish society To facilitate this my Office has provided funding to local authorities around the country in order to initiate support and encourage integration activities in their areas I have also provided funding to national sporting bodies for the development of measures to encourage greater participation of migrants in sporting activities through a range of initiatives As we know sport can be a great way of bringing people together and can promote a sense of community and participation which can transcend nationality religion or language Participation in the democratic process is also very important and immigrants in Ireland enjoy favourable voting rights Using funding provided by my Office some of the Local Authorities put in place migrant voter initiatives to encourage migrants to register and vote in the local elections which were held earlier this year However it is clear that Government alone cannot provide enough funding to cover all the initiatives and measures required Everyone has a

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  • All News Items- European Refugee Fund - Community actions - 2009 Call for proposals
    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 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

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  • All News Items- Permanent TSB Ethnic Entrepreneur of the Year 2009
    Strategies Dublin Interfaith Forum Church State Dialogue Police Accredited Courses Migrants in the 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

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  • All News Items- New Work Scheme for Foreign Nationals
    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 New Work Scheme for Foreign Nationals 14 09 2009 Ahern Launches New Work Scheme for Foreign Nationals The Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform Mr Dermot Ahern T D today announced that the Government has approved a Scheme for foreign nationals who have become undocumented through no fault of their own after previously holding a work permit The Government s intention to introduce a scheme for this category of migrants had been signalled in the Towards 2016 Review and Transitional Agreement 2008 2009 The full details of the Scheme will be announced shortly by the Department and it is expected that the Scheme will open for applications from 1st October 2009 up to the end of the year The main purpose of the Scheme which is on an ex gratia basis is to provide a facility whereby undocumented non EEA nationals who can show that their undocumented status is through no fault of their own can obtain a temporary immigration permission of 4 months within which to seek legitimate employment or if they are already employed within which to obtain an employment permit from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment The scheme is not in any sense a regularisation Each case is assessed on its merits and the temporary permission which has been referred to by some as a bridging visa is only given where the applicant can satisfy the authorities as to the merits of their application The scheme does not apply to any other categories of undocumented migrant e g those who entered the State illegally or overstayed their visa Announcing the Scheme Minister Ahern said It is very important that foreign nationals who are in Ireland and working here do so legally at all times However I am aware that there will be a small minority of cases where it is clear from the evidence that the reason for the individual becoming undocumented is not the fault of the migrant but of the employer Where migrant workers have not been treated

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  • All News Items- Minister Curran Launches New Education Resource for Newcomer Students
    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 Curran Launches New Education Resource for Newcomer Students 08 09 2009 Minister for integration John Curran T D today launched AIM Accessing Intercultural Materials AIM is a web based information portal detailing resources available in the area of newcomer education

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  • All News Items- Review of the Immigration Regime for Full Time non-EEA Students
    regarding access of students to the labour market is to be the subject of a separate review Announcing the Review Minister Ahern said We need a take a fresh look at how we are dealing with non EEA students International education is a vital industry with significant growth potential and we will only achieve that potential by having a visibly strong regulatory environment The vast majority of our service providers offer a quality product and it is everyone s interest to root out those who do not or who engage in abuses of the system From an immigration perspective we also have to be satisfied that people coming to Ireland do so for a genuine purpose and comply with any conditions applicable to their stay The student immigration review forms part of a comprehensive overhaul by Government of the international education system in Ireland combining regulatory and organisational reform a more co ordinated approach to marketing and development and better alignment with Ireland s approach to immigration generally In this context the Government recently approved a series of proposals from the Minister for Education and Science for the regulation development and marketing of the international education sector The new proposals envisage that students should with limited exceptions spend no more than 5 years in Ireland as a student overall with a limit of two years in further education or English language courses It had become apparent that a significant number of language students in particular were enrolling year after year as a means of remaining in the State and working Overall the review places an increased emphasis on progression through the system Minister Ahern continued We have to look at students as more than consumers of an educational product People coming to Ireland to do advanced degrees are potential entrepreneurs high skills employees or scientific researchers and we should be looking at how they can progress within the immigration system after their graduation I am open to proposals on this during the consultation period The Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform is working closely with the Department of Education and Science in developing a whole of Government approach Two new groups will be set up An interdepartmental committee on student immigration will develop the student immigration regime and will review submissions received during the consultation phase This would work in tandem with a new high level group to be established by the Minister for Education and Science to look at developing and marketing the industry and issues of quality assurance In conclusion the Minister stressed that the proposals outlined in the review will be the subject of further consultation and he invited all relevant stakeholders to take the opportunity to make submissions on the draft proposals and on student immigration issues more generally These submissions will be considered further in the context of an Interdepartmental Group which will then bring forward final proposals to the Government on the issues outlined in the review Submissions on the draft proposals which

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  • All News Items- Easing of the immigration rules for redundant non-EEA migrant workers
    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 Easing of the immigration rules for redundant non EEA migrant workers 28 08 2009 Ahern announces easing of the immigration rules for redundant non EEA migrant workers The Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform Mr Dermot Ahern TD has today announced changes in the way the immigration system deals with non EEA migrant workers who are made redundant At present migrant workers with a work permit who are made redundant have three months within which to find a new job Their applications for a new permit are dealt with in accordance with new procedures that took effect on 1 July 2009 which include a requirement that the job has been advertised with FÁS for 8 weeks The changes announced today agreed in consultation with the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Ms Mary Coughlan TD will increase the 3 month breathing space for any worker who has held an employment permit for less than 5 years to 6 months Commenting on the background to these changes Minister Ahern said The Government is determined to do all in its power to tackle the rise in numbers of people finding themselves without work or with reduced working time as a result of the global recession Our approach in tackling the issue is multi layered and centres on protecting employment across the economy re training those without work and assisting job seekers who are looking for work Those who have held a permit for more than 5 years and have been working lawfully during that time will be given an immigration permission that permits them to reside in Ireland and to work without the need for an employment permit This will apply both to those made redundant after 5 years working on a permit and to those still in employment In either case the holder of the permit will be free to seek other employment without having to apply for a new employment permit These

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