TIC_min_rgb.jpgThe Integration Centre - Connecting Communities Advancing Integration is committed to the integration and inclusion of people from immigrant backgrounds in Ireland. The Centre specializes in planning, monitoring and advocacy at city, local, national and international levels and provides regionalized information, advice and training services. Evidence-based research influences positive change in legislation, policy and practice. We have more than 250 affiliated organisations as part of our network.

If you would like to find out more about us or if you would like to support our work contact: Helena Clarke,
Director of Public Affairs, The Integration Centre,
18 Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland;
Tel: +353 16453070; helena.clarke@integrationcentre.ie;



1. Dublin City Integration Monitor Report Launch
2. Make Ireland aware - make a movie!!
3. ‘Send Racism to Jail’
4. Notices and Events
  • TIC participates in St Patricks Day parade
  • New Louth Integration Project
  • Launch of Person or Number?
  • Spring Cultural Festival Carlow
  • Integration Planning in Kilkenny
  • A New Integration Plan for Cork City
  • One Race Human Race – Africa Day Event

5. Information & Advocacy Services
6. Funding

Dublin City Integration Monitor Report Launch
The Integration Centre in collaboration with Dublin City Council will launch Dublin City’s first Integration Monitoring Report this month. The event will take place March 27th, in the Woodquay venue at 11.30am.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Andrew Montague will launch the report which focuses on structural integration – immigrants’ access to employment, education, housing and political & civic life as well as citizenship and residency.

The report draws together current, relevant information on the profile and needs of the immigrant population combined with an overview of services offered to them with a view to monitoring the integration progress of immigrants in Dublin.

The launch will be followed by workshop sessions wherein aspects of integration will be explored. For further information or to RSVP for the event contact helena.clarke@integrationcentre.ie

Make Ireland aware - make a movie!!
Calling all film-makers, from the amateur to the budding professional.
This competition is open to anyone who wishes to participate!!

prize-clip-board-(2).bmpWe want YOU to create a film focused on the themes of:                           
•    Identity                                                                                       
•    Diversity
•    Integration
•    Racism

The winning film will receive €500 and be shown on YouTube, and the TIC website.
The shortlisted five best films will be shown at the prize giving evening and on the TIC website.
For further information, guidance, or to be put in touch with possible subjects please contact:
Helena Clarke, Director of Public Affairs           
T: 01 6453070

Or visit http://www.integrationcentre.ie/Film-Competition.aspx

racism-jail-monster.png‘Send Racism to Jail’
The Integration Centre in collaboration with Love Music Hate Racism will launch the campaign ‘Send Racism to Jail’ on March 16th, 2012. This event will begin Anti-Racism Week 2012 in Sweeneys, The Mezz and The Mercantile with 35 acts including VerseChorusVerse ,  Kasper Rosa , Daithai , and Elaine Mai.
The music events on the 16th will kick off a countrywide campaign using music events and a postcard campaign to gather signatures.

The campaign asks the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to bring in legislation which makes racism an aggravating factor in sentencing.

Most other countries in the EU would have legislation which covers racist crime; however Ireland only has the Incitement to Hatred Act which has rarely been used. 

The campaign hopes to gather 5000 signitures which will in turn be presented to Minister Shatter.
Donate to this campaign...Text ‘iDonate Music’ to 57977. Texts cost €2.50 with LMHR and The Integration Centre receiving €1.75. Texts allowed from o2, Vodafone, and Meteor. Three users are not supported. Helpline: 01 6453070

To find out more about the campaign contact helena.clarke@integrationcentre.ie

Notices and Events

TIC participates in St Patricks Day parade

The Integration Centre is already is full swing with The City Fusion Project as preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade got underway last week.  Our diverse and enthusiastic group of twelve volunteers, representing a broad array of nationalities living in Ireland, all immensely enjoyed their first taste of the City Fusion pageant preparation last Saturday. The Integration Centre and The City Fusion Project hope that everyone will come out on March 17th, to support and cheer on all of the City Fusion groups celebrating diversity in Irish culture in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Festival.

New Louth Integration Project
The Integration Centre in partnership with Louth Minority Ethnic Consortium secured EU Peace III funded projects under the County Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership, to promote the integration of target communities in County Louth.

TIC will work with LMEC to deliver practical programmes to support the Integration of target communities in the mainstream Co. Louth society. The 2 year project is expected to begin in March 2012 with an initial plan to identify and recruit members of the target communities within Louth’s Peace and Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2013 that will engage in the programmes.

The project will also involve consultations and dialogue  with  representatives from ethnic minority lead organisations, Travellers group, Faith groups, Displaced communities, community and voluntary sectors,  social partners and local agencies in County Louth, to promote collaboration among service providers and support the development of sustainable peace building and integration efforts in County Louth.

Although the projects will be located in Dundalk, they will be accessible to the members in the target areas and will also benefit the remote and isolated rural areas to the north and east of the county and along the border regions, including South Armagh and the rural areas of the Cooley Peninsula.

Launch of Person or Number?

Nasc, Doras Luimni and Crosscare launched the ‘Person or Number? Barriers faced by immigrants accessing social protection in Ireland’ report last month.

The report examines the barriers faced by immigrants in Ireland when they apply for social protection. It is based on a sample of the experiences of 54 immigrant applicants accessing social protection, which were provided by six NGOs nationwide, including The Integration Centre.

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton pledged to establish an Immigrant Consultative Committee in the Dept of Social Protection. This should have a major impact on Social Protection provision in Ireland.

Read the report here: http://www.nascireland.org/

Spring Cultural Festival Carlow
The Carlow Integration Forum has organised the Spring Cultural Festival to take place on Saturday 24th March, from 2-5pm. The event will take place in the grounds of the Carlow Football Club – who incidentally got the award for best sporting organisation in the Diverse Ireland Awards held by The Integration Centre last December.

Anyone can attend – it is a family fun day so people of all ages are welcome. Seamus O’Leary, Director of Integration Planning and Monitoring with The Integration Centre, will MC the event. The Integration Centre will also have a stand there on the day providing information.

The idea behind the event is to raise awareness around Carlow of the existence of the integration forum, organise a family fun day based on cultural diversity, and to let people know what is happening in the county and what programs and organisations are in place.

Activities will include the arts, sports, music, and food from around the world. For more information contact seamus.oleary@integrationcentre.ie

Integration Planning in Kilkenny
The Integration Centre is currently coordinating the development of a long-term integration strategy for County Kilkenny.  An Integration Planning Team has been formed with members of the Kilkenny Integration Forum and several preparatory meetings have already taken place in January and February.  A series of community based planning meetings will be held at a variety of locations around the county over a two-month period from 23rd March.

The aim is to use a similar participatory, planning process to the one used by The Integration Centre to develop an integration strategy for Waterford City during 2011.  PLA (participatory planning and action) is central to this process and to date it has proven to be a very successful planning methodology when working with a diverse mix of communities, including those whose first language is not English. 
For more information on the process contact Seamus O’Leary, Director of Integration Planning and Monitoring at seamus.oleary@integrationcentre.ie

A New Integration Plan for Cork City
After the success of the initial, Cork City Integration Strategy (2008-2011), ‘Connecting Communities’, the plan’s Steering Committee is currently developing a new integration strategy for the city. The aim of the new strategy is to raise awareness of the issues around integration in Cork and to encourage more active participation. Kathy O’Connor, Participatory Planning Officer for the Southeast with The Integration Centre, has played a leading role in this process. 

In the coming months, it will host a series of round table forums, which will discuss migrant issues in the areas of Employment, Education, Social inclusion and Active citizenship.  The first one, on employment, is planned for the end of March. In preparation for this the Committee has been conducting questionnaires and interviews in schools throughout the region in order to gauge the opinions of this public. Strong attendance is expected from the education sector, including the department of education, trade unions and the NAPD.

One Race Human Race – Africa Day Event

Africa Week 2012 (May 21-27) will provide a high-profile platform for a unique Athletics Meet called ‘oneracehumanrace’ May 26th from 9am-6pm. Africa Week Athletics 2012-‘oneracehumanrace’ is an initiative of the Dublin Multicultural Resource Centre (DMRC) in partnership with Sport Against Racism in Ireland (SARI), Akidwa, Cradle, Integrated Academy for Athletics Performance, Offaly Sports Partnership supported by the Kip Keino Foundation, Mo Farah Foundation, Insaka Ireland,  Sport Aid From Africa (SAFA) and The Integration Centre.

Over 500 people are expected to gather at the Morton Stadium at Santry, Dublin to hear the gun start a full day of racing and jumping. Most of the athletes will be drawn from the African Diaspora, but in true intercultural style, the line-ups will be inclusively global and local.

Recent studies carried outin the context of the EU White Paper on Sport by Sport against
Racism Ireland revealed that there was a very poor participation rate by migrants in the sport of Athletics. This is despite the fact that Continents such as Africa has produced so many world-class sports practitioners.

Registration forms are available at www.sari.ie, www.akidwa.ie, www.cradle.ie, and www.dmrc.ie.

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