Migrant workers and their families face significant barriers to full and equal integration within Irish society. The recession has clearly accentuated these difficulties. Addressing these barriers and working for equality and inclusion is a challenge for migrant workers and for the organisations and agencies that work with them.
An interagency approach, involving a range of stakeholders including migrants and the organisations that represent their interests, State agencies, local development organisations and community and voluntary sector organisations, is one model being used. Interagency work is not without challenges, but it can be highly effective in advancing strategies and actions that ultimately lead to greater equality and inclusion of migrant workers and their families in Ireland. This paper gives a short analysis of interagency work, along with some key learning and directions for future work in this area