INTEGRATION WORKING GROUP (IWG)
The Limerick Integration Working Group (IWG) was established in 2007 to bring together bodies working with or on behalf of migrants, minorities and the wider community, and to facilitate information sharing, strategy development (see Integration Plan below) and cooperation. The IWG is co-chaired by Doras Luimní and the Jesuit Refugee Service.
Membership of the Group includes An Garda Síochána, Ballyhoura Development Ltd., Citizens Information Board, City Community and Voluntary Forum, Limerick City AES, County Limerick VEC, Department of Education and Science (Mid-West), Department of Social Protection, Doras Luimní (Joint Chair), Employment Services DSP, Health Service Executive, Integration Centre, Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland (Joint Chair), Limerick City & County Council, Limerick Filipino Community, Limerick Latvian Activity Centre, Limerick Volunteer Centre, New Communities Partnership, PAUL Partnership, University of Limerick and West Limerick Resources.
Integration Plan 2013 – 2016
Towards Intercultural Limerick: Limerick City and County Integration Plan 2013-16 was developed by the IWG. Building on the progress achieved under the 2010-12 Plan, it seeks to take the next steps towards the development of Limerick as a truly welcoming, inclusive and intercultural region. The 2013 – 2016 Integration Plan for Limerick is available here. Each year, a report is produced to map progress in reaching the agreed aims. Progress report are available to download here.
Doras Luimní is leading the way for Limerick to become an Inter-cultural City as part of a European Council and European Commission funded programme known as Inter-cultural Cities. The Inter-cultural Cities initiative, which officially welcomed Limerick as a member in November 2014, aims at stimulating new ideas and practices concerning the integration of migrants and minorities. Doras Luimní are working closely with other cities around the world to promote a greater awareness of the positive role diversity can play in the development of a city. More about the programme can be found at www.coe.int/interculturalcities.
The anti-rumours campaign aims to dispel the widespread myths and misconceptions around the topic of immigration and migrant integration, by providing evidence-based answers and utilising social networks to spread the message of the campaign far and wide.
The anti-rumours project is the first action of Limerick’s Intercultural Cities programme. As part of the campaign, Doras Luimní provided free training to a team of anti-rumours advocates who were given the necessary tools to carry out their own projects and workshops which challenge the most common myths. From June 2014 to June 2016, over 1,000 people participated in our workshops across Limerick and Ireland.
Full details of all resources developed under this campaign are available here: Anti-Rumours
Anti-racism is an important part of our integration strategy. Doras is an active member of the Irish Network Against Racism (ENAR Ireland) which is currently campaigning for the introduction of policies and legislation to combat racism and hate crime. Local, national and European research has identified significant levels of racism in Ireland. However, reporting of racism is extremely low and Irish law does not define racist or related hate offences as specific offences. We promote reporting and recording by encouraging anyone affected by any form of racism or discrimination to make a formal complaint to the Gardaí, utilising a third-party reporting mechanism (www.ireport.ie) and offering advice, information and support.
Racism in Limerick
Doras Luimní research on the prevalence of racism and discrimination highlighted that 80% of our service-users in Limerick had experienced racism more than once. Download the full report here: Treated Differently
Irish Network Against Racism (ENAR Ireland)
At the national level we are campaigning for improved structures, policies and laws. We coordinate with other organisations around the country as members of the Irish Network Against Racism (ENAR Ireland). We support the ENAR Ireland campaign calling for the introduction of Hate crime legislation in Ireland by enacting the Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill. Enacting this legislation send a strong message of support to our ethnic minority communities and would help Ireland to meet its EU and international obligations. For more information on the #Love Not Hate campaign, visit www.enarireland.org
To show your support for the campaign, sign the petition.
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