Policy of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration on Funding

Migration Nation envisages as a key action that Government will provide specific new funding to support diversity management in local authorities, sporting bodies etc. who deal with migrant needs on a daily basis.

Local Authorities

Significant funding is being channelled to local authorities to promote integration at a local level through activities undertaken by the authorities themselves and assistance given by them to local groups. Formerly, central government, in the form of the Office of the Minister of State for Integration and, prior to its establishment, the Reception and Integration Agency had involved itself in funding small, local groups. It is considered that this could be better done by local authorities with their more detailed knowledge of their own areas.

National Sporting Organisations

Funding has been given to major national sporting organisations to assist them in integrating non-Irish nationals into their activities because this is a good way to facilitate newcomers to become involved in Irish society.

Other Measures

In addition, other measures will be taken to encourage civic participation of third-country nationals.

Faith-based Groups

In 2008, the Inter-Church Committee on Social Issues was granted €77,300 to promote integration. The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration is committed to funding other faith-based groups for integration related activities, subject to receiving proposals for suitable projects.

It is envisaged that the funding initiatives outlined above will, subject to ongoing review, last for 5 years at which point the situation will be re-evaluated and new initiatives developed as necessary.

As the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration will not generally provide direct funding to small groups for integration-related activities, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) should apply for funding for suitable projects to the appropriate local authority, national sporting body, or faith-based group.

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