On Saturday 24th March 2018 the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton T.D., opened the “Promoting Political Engagement of Migrants 2018” event at The Atrium in the Department of Justice and Equality’s offices in St. Stephen’s Green. The event brought together migrant community leaders from all over the State together with a panel of representatives from Irish political parties and groupings with a view to inspiring migrants to get more involved in local and national politics, equipping them to spread some key message among their communities and encouraging political to do more to attract migrants into politics. The event centred on two key messages
Everyone has the right to vote in local elections and it’s important to use this vote
Everyone also has the right to run in local elections and migrants are encouraged to either take this step themselves or encourage/support community members to do so
The event was held in partnership with a number of migrant organisations (The Immigrant Council of Ireland, Akidwa, Cairde, the International Organisation for Migration, Forum Polonia, New Communities Partnership, Places of Sanctuary Ireland and Wezesha) and supported through funding from the Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality.
Opening the event Minister Stanton stated:
Increasing the level of political participation of migrants is a key theme in the Government’s Migrant Integration Strategy – A Blueprint for the Future. Within this theme, there are two specific actions which are directly addressed by today’s event: