Introduction and Background
Migrant workers experiencing discriminatory stops by An Garda Síochána or discriminatory treatment by staff in Social Welfare offices is a practice that MRCI has been aware of and in recent years we have seen this trend developing. There is a dearth of both data and literature on the topic of ethnic profiling in Ireland despite a significant amount of anecdotal evidence from communities that experience racism including the Traveller community.
This study aims to gather existing information on ethnic profiling as well as to add data from a limited number of observations, focus groups and interviews. In carrying out this study we hope that it will provide a basis for responding to and deepening public awareness of this form of racial discrimination. We also hope that this initial work will be a catalyst for further exploration and research.