MRCI is a national organisation working with migrants and their families in Ireland to promote justice, empowerment and equality.
Our vision is for an open, equal, just and diverse society where migrant workers and their families can move, work and live in dignity.
Grounded in social justice, antiracism and equality, our mission is to empower migrant workers in low paid and precarious work to secure and advance their rights through collective action.
We believe that people closest to the struggle are closest to the solution. Our community work model ensures people impacted by injustice and exploitation are front and centre of our organising, campaigns, projects and strategic advocacy. MRCI’s action groups are born out of the issues affecting migrants and made up of the people directly affected, who are supported through training and skills development to take coordinated action for change.
We organise and mobilise. We create safe and brave spaces for people to connect, build relationships and challenge exploitation, discrimination and social exclusion. We are committed to continually developing and innovating to ensure that participation means real and substantial opportunities for people to take action and lead.
We provide free, reliable and confidential information to thousands of people through our national Drop-In Centre, on immigration, trafficking for labour exploitation, employment and housing. Through our frontline services and casework, we document trends, generate data, identify opportunities for strategic litigation, and often make first contact with the people who get involved in action groups and campaigns.
We’ve supported groups of workers when their employers abandoned them, documented racism on our streets and at our borders, won landmark victories for domestic workers, victims of forced labour, students, undocumented workers and families.
From the start, our work has been led by people affected by the very issues they fight against – restaurant workers, au pairs, undocumented young people and more – and supported by countless allies from across Ireland and abroad.
Right now, we handle over 4,000 cases a year in our drop-in centre, helping people in Ireland live and work in safety and dignity.
We empower workers with the tools to fight for their rights in the workplace, challenge exploitation and demand respect and recognition.
Together with undocumented workers and families we won a historic regularisation, which will enable thousands of people who have been in Ireland for years to finally come out of the shadows and live a full and dignified life.
We believe people should be able to move in safety and work with dignity.
Now more than ever, MRCI’s work is essential. The work we do in the coming years will shape the face of migration and work in Ireland for generations.
Our focus on collective action, community empowerment and innovation is designed to build stronger communities, better workplaces, and a fairer, more open society for all.
Together, we’ll make it happen.