Political messaging and political action often do not work in synergy and can lead to confusion, misunderstanding and distrust, ultimately resulting in a negative fallout for some of the more vulnerable groups in society. In addition, periods of recession are notorious for generating a public discourse that is founded on fear, blame and counter-blame.
MRCI is acutely aware of the vulnerabilities facing migrant workers at this time. We commissioned this report to draw attention to the dangers of political rhetoric that sends out mixed messages; on the one hand it broadly acknowledges the contribution of migrant workers, while on the other it oversees policy developments that are extremely harsh and have a damaging impact on the lives of migrant workers and their families.
It is our hope that this pamphlet will provide a solid basis for discussion and dialogue, which we would very much welcome. I would like to thank Niall Crowley who, true to form, has presented a thought-provoking and stimulating paper. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Ciara Eustace, as well as Raluca Anucuta, Delphine O’Keeffe and other MRCI team members.
Siobhán O’ Donoghue
Director, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland