Managing Diversity in Ireland Today
Ireland has become a very diverse society over the past decade or so - Census 2011 showed that 12% of our population were immigrants who had come to work, live or study here. Harnessing and managing this diversity is a key opportunity and a key challenge for everyone. It is clear that integration is a shared challenge for Irish society and cannot be successful without each sector playing a constructive and active role.
A number of key departments and agencies have developed specific strategies to ensure that their services respond to Ireland’s changed demographic in an interculturally competent and inclusive manner. The strategies developed include: an Intercultural Health Strategy; an Intercultural Education Strategy; a Cultural and Arts Policy and Strategy; the Garda SÝochßna Diversity Strategy; and an Action Strategy for Integrated Workplaces.
The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration has responsibility for leading and coordinating work relating to the integration of legally resident immigrants.
The Office is also responsible for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Arrangements for this Fund will involve a policy or programming dialogue with the European Commission after which a national multi-annual programme will be drawn up for the period 2014-2020.
Funding for integration of immigrants is also provided by OPMI from purely national sources subject to the reduced resources which are available for all categories of public expenditure at present.
This section provides information in relation to some of these developments: