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Migrant Workers will be Important Part of Ireland’s Recovery

PRESS RELEASE: 15 February 2011

Pre-election Migrants Forum calls on new Government to Prioritise Equality

Tackling ethnic profiling, countering exploitation, access to third level education for children of migrants, and regularisation for undocumented migrants are some of the main issues of concern for migrant workers and their families, who make up approximately 10% of Ireland’s population.

These, and other priority issues for migrants will be outlined for election candidates at a Migrants Forum to be held this evening in Dublin’s city centre.  The Forum, organised by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and migrant activists, has invited TDs from each of the main political parties and candidates in the Dublin Central constituency to respond to the key election priorities for migrants.

According to Sancha Magat, MRCI’s Drop In Centre Coordinator, many migrant workers and their families have made Ireland their home: “Migrants make up 10% of the population and are keen to be part of Ireland’s recovery, and to contribute to a more just and equal society. However these key issues of concern for migrants must be addressed if a new programme for government is to make Ireland a better place for all.”

Hilda Regaspi, of MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group, said, “Tonight’s Forum is an opportunity for migrants to come together and communicate issues to the political representatives and have their voices heard. We hope the election candidates will listen to these concerns and take them on board.”

The key priority issues for migrants are summarised in a document entitled ‘Proposals for a more equal and inclusive society, to be launched at tonight’s event. They come under the following headings:

• Countering workplace exploitation
• Ensuring a decent wage for all
• Countering racism
• Promoting equality and integration of young people
• Responding to irregular migration

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The Forum takes place this Tuesday evening, 15th February, from 6.30-9pm in the Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1