Overview of Funding for Migrant Integration in Ireland

In May 2008, the then Minister of State for Integration, Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., launched ‘Migration Nation’ a Statement on Integration and Diversity Management. This document is a Ministerial statement on the future direction of integration policy in Ireland and contains four key principles which will inform and underpin State policy in this area i.e. a partnership approach, a mainstream approach to service delivery, a strong link between integration policy and wider state social inclusion measures and a commitment to effective local delivery mechanisms. The new integration policy focuses particularly on the role of local authorities, sporting bodies and faith based groups in building integrated communities. It also looks at the way in which integration is of necessity a two-way process with responsibilities and rights for both newcomers and the current population.

The primary core funding for integration is spent by mainline Departments who provide services on a mainstream basis.

The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration provides seed funding in key areas to facilitate integration.

New funding lines were developed during 2008. Funding was allocated to local authorities and national sporting bodies to encourage integration related activities at a local level. In addition, funding was provided for an Action Strategy to support Integrated Workplaces. This Strategy includes a range of initiatives to assist employers and trade unions to respond effectively to the potential and challenges of a culturally diverse workforce and to create integrated workplaces. The initiative was implemented in cooperation with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, the Construction Industry Federation and Chambers Ireland. Information about the funding approved by the former Office of the Minister of State for Integration is available in the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration section of the Funding area of our website. A final report on the project is available here.

Funding for integration is also made available through the European Refugee Fund (ERF), the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (EIF), the Employment for People from Immigrant Communities project (EPIC) which is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) and other national schemes. More information about EU integration related funding is available in the EU section of the Funding area of our website.

Role of statistics in the distribution of EU funding
EU Funds are distributed to EU States in accordance with pre-established statistical criteria that take into account migration flows and stocks, asylum applications, returns of non-EU nationals living unauthorised in an EU State and other migration-related statistics.

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