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MRCI Launches First Ever Guide on Community Work With Migrants

 PRESS RELEASE: 21 April 2010

Niall Crowley: “State abdicating its responsibilities in relation to anti-racism and equality”

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) today launched the first resource guide aimed at supporting good community work practice with migrant workers and their families in Ireland.  Speaking about the new publication, Tools for Social Change, Helen Lowry, Community Worker with the MRCI said, ‘this publication is very user-friendly and offers practical support to community workers across the country who are trying to reach those migrant workers who are most vulnerable and least likely to have their voices heard. It aims to encourage true integration – integration based on equal rights and inclusion.’

Launching the guide, former Director of theEquality AuthorityNiall Crowley said, ‘this publication comes in the context of significant levels of inequality and discrimination inIreland, and at a time when the State is abdicating is responsibilities in relation to those who are most vulnerable. It is very timely, valuable and will be a very useful tool for enhancing the voice of migrants in Irish society, and the voice of migrants in shaping the new Ireland that will emerge from the crisis.’

Ms Lowry went on to say, ‘Now more than ever, it is important that racism and discrimination are tackled, and that those most likely to experience exclusion are supported to participate and have their voices heard. This publication shows how a community work approach can successfully tackle the root causes of disadvantage, and work towards equality with, not for, migrant workers.  Community work ensures a focus on the most vulnerable in society, and this approach is key to ensure the integration of all migrant workers in the long term’.

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Notes:

Tools for Social Change – A Resource Guide for Community Work with Migrant Workers and their Families in Ireland’ was launched today by Niall Crowley, former Director of theEquality Authority

When: Tuesday 21st April, 11.30am

Where: Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street , Dublin 2

Other speakers included:

  • Oonagh McArdle, community worker and lecturer from the Department of Applied SocialStudies, NUI Maynooth
  • Francine Blaché-Breen, Development Worker with the Community Workers Cooperative
  • Helen Lowry, Community Worker with the Migrant Rights CentreIreland
  • The session will be chaired by David Lynch, Equality Development Worker with Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Lucan, Newcastle (CPLN) Area Partnership Ltd.

The launch was followed by an afternoon practice seminar for community workers, on the theme of 'Developing Good Community Work Practice with Migrant Workers and their Families'