Project Name: A Community Development Response to Integration, Resettlement and Relocation
Geographical Area: National
The Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition (IRMC) set up in July 2015, brings together 23 organisations working in the fields of international development, humanitarian assistance, migrant and refugee rights to develop a collective Irish response to the unfolding situation of people seeking refuge in the EU. This project aims to develop community and participative approaches to the long-term integration of asylum seekers and refugees. It seeks to develop a response which supports and encourages communities to respect and celebrate diversity, welcome and promote positive integration and support those who make Ireland their home to become active and equal members of society. This project aims to empower refugee communities, raise their collective voice on issues that affect them and enable decision making to be directly informed by the first hand experiences. This project will build on lessons learned from other programmes delivered in Ireland and will build on best practice models from other jurisdictions to inform the work. It will culminate in highlighting whether and how complementary pathways such as Community Sponsorship Programmes can promote positive integration and more social cohesion within local communities. It will also develop a National Community Development Programme (NCDP) for the integration of refugees with the ultimate aim of the Programme being supported by Government Departments and key stakeholders at local and national levels. Irish Refugee and Migration Coalition members: Action Aid Ireland, Amnesty Ireland, Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland, Community Work Ireland, Christian Aid, Comhlámh, Crosscare, Cultúr Migrants Centre, Dóchas, Doras Luimní, ENAR Ireland, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Irish Refugee Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, Mercy International Association, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Mayo Intercultural Action, Nasc Ireland, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Oxfam Ireland, New Communities Partnership, Trócaire, and World Vision Ireland.