Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has launched the joint Meath and Louth Migrant Integration Strategy in Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre.
This Joint Migrant Integration Strategy 2019-2022 was developed by Meath County Council and Louth County Council’s Community Sections following research and consultation with the sector and with wider stakeholders. It also links with actions identified in the Local Economic & Community Plans (LECP) of both counties.
The new Joint Strategy aims to build on the National Migrant Integration Strategy 2017-2020 whose vision is that migrants and those of migrant origin are facilitated to play a full role in Irish society – in communities, workplaces and politics, that integration is a core principle of Irish life and that Irish society and institutions work together to promote integration.
The strategy focuses on 37 actions centered on 6 broad thematic headings:
o Language training and acquisition
o Education and training
o Social Inclusion (engaging and interacting with service providers)
o Employment and Pathways to Work
o Active Civic & Civil Participation
o Social Inclusion (expressing culture and identity, addressing discrimination)
Delivery of the actions will be monitored by a Joint Migrant Integration Forum which will have representatives of relevant agencies from both counties including the LMETB, HSE, An Garda Siochana and Local Development Companies as well as migrant representatives from each county. The first meeting of the forum will take place this month.
Speaking at the launch Minister McEntee said “I am very proud to officially launch the Louth Meath Migrant Integration Strategy. The strategy is the result of engaging with the people we need to support. It enables is to target our policy areas and offer support where it is needed most. The strategy now needs everyone to come together, integration doesn’t just happen; it needs everyone to play their part”.
Meath County Council Chief Executive Jackie Maguire added “Meath County Council and Louth County Council are fully committed to ensuring that both counties are places where people from all nationalities feel welcome and at home and where they have the freedom to engage meaningfully in the communities and places where they live, work and play.
The strategy aims to promote inclusive and intercultural places where discrimination is not tolerated but rather is positively challenged and where everyone is valued and respected regardless of their nationality, religion, colour or ethnic background.”