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TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT MIGRANT WORKERS

PRESS RELEASE: 22 March 2007

MRCI AND NCCRI LAUNCH NEW INFORMATION LEAFLET ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN IRELAND.

A leaflet which aims to challenge the harmful myths about migrant workers in Ireland is to be launched by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) this Friday at 11.00 in Liberty Hall. The leaflet, entitled “Challenging Myths and Misinformation about Migrant Workers and their Families,” aims to contribute accurate information to the current debates around migrant workers in Ireland.

Siobhan O’Donoghue, Director of the MRCI, said “there’s too much misleading information about migrant workers being recklessly thrown about by some media, politicians and pundits.   This is extremely damaging and serves only to fuel racism and discrimination.”  She went on to say that the new leaflet “addresses some of the key questions many people are asking about immigration in Ireland, giving clear facts and information, and providing a balanced account which we hope will counter some of the negative stereotypes that are out there.”  Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of NCCRI echoed these sentiments, saying “we need a debate about migrant workers in Ireland that is based on truth and understanding and not on myth and fear.”

The leaflet is being launched during Intercultural and Anti Racism Week, and both organisations hope it will be a useful tool in the lead up to the general election, providing politicians, campaigners and members of the public with clear information in response to the questions and fears that some people in Ireland have.  Siobhan O’Donoghue warned that in this context, “there is a real danger that politicians will exploit these myths and fears about migrant workers as we have seen to some degree already for their own political gain while doing serious damage to our society.    We as a society need to stand up to this.   We know all to well what the consequences can be if we don’t.”

Event Details:

Time:  11.00 a.m.

Date:  Friday 23rd March

Launch Venue:  Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay,Dublin

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