Purpose of the Report
The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences and situation of migrant women at risk of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination in rural Ireland. This is with a view to identifying and developing strategies for their inclusion and progression at a local level. It is hoped that this study will be a practical and constructive basis for action in contributing to the promotion of equality for women.
Addressing migrant women’s issues requires recognising them as a diverse group, in the roles they play as well as in characteristics such as age, social status, urban or rural orientation, immigration status, and educational attainment, to name but a few. Although women may have many common interests, the structure of their lives and the choices available to them may vary widely. Consequently, experiences are dependent on a range of factors which can impact positively or negatively on the social, economic, cultural and political spheres of migrant women’s lives. MRCI seeks to identify migrant women who are most marginalised, at risk of social exclusion, poverty, and discrimination, and distanced from formal supports, services and decision-making processes, so that a range of innovative interventions and policies are developed to address their specific needs and concerns.