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MEA; Migrant Education Access; Equality of access to third level education; Children of migrant workersNally, born in Brazil, came to Ireland over ten years ago with her two siblings to join her parents. She got involved with MRCI through the mPower youth empowerment project where she and other young immigrants made a film about their experiences of growing up in Ireland. Nally, who shared her experiences of racism and difficulties accessing third level education in the film, spoke at the launch of ‘Making Ireland Home’ in the Temple Bar project. Despite the fact that Nally grew up in Ireland and is here over ten years she, like hundreds of other young migrants, has been deemed ineligible for financial assistance at third level. Instead she has to pay ‘EU fees’ amounting to over €7000 per year, almost three times those her fellow Irish born peers face. A dedicated midwifery student in University Collage Cork, Nally has found the time to become an active member of the Migrant Education Access campaign.  As a youth leader in MEA Nally is involved in supporting collective efforts at change on this issue.