Migrant Strategy

Invitation to Public Meetings

Counties MEATH and LOUTH - New Joint Migrant Integration Strategy 2019-22

Have your say about Migrant Integration Issues in Counties Meath & Louth

 

Meath County Council and Louth County Council are developing a joint Migrant Integration Strategy for 2019-2022 and would like to hear your views on issues in your area that need to be addressed such as accessing public services, finding a job, learning English, taking part in sports or arts or connecting with the local community.

The population of Counties Meath and Louth have become more diverse over the last number of years.  It is timely for both counties to focus on integration and inclusion of new communities and to consider what is needed to enable the areas to enjoy the benefits of diversity.

Effective integration requires on-going engagement by migrants, public services, businesses and communities. Communities play a crucial role in making those living within them feel at home.

You can complete an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LouthMeath-User-MigrantSurvey2019 

 

Three Public Meetings will be held on the following dates:

Please register for the public meetings by contacting the Community Section in Meath County Council on 046 9097400 or email community@meathcoco.ie to confirm your attendance.

Tea/Coffee will be available on arrival.

 Where

  When

  Location

  Time

 Dundalk

  Tuesday, 5th February

  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth

  7.00- 9.00p.m.  

 Navan

  Wednesday, 20th February

  Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co Meath

  7.00- 9.00p.m.

 Drogheda

  Wednesday 6th March

  West Court Hotel, Drogheda

  7.00 - 9.00p.m.

 

Invitation to Focus Groups & Agencies

The population of Counties Meath and Louth have become more diverse over the last number of years.  It is timely for both counties to focus on integration and inclusion of new communities and to consider what is needed to enable the areas to enjoy the benefits of diversity. Effective integration requires on-going engagement by migrants, public services, businesses and communities.

Meath County Council and Louth County Council are developing a joint Migrant Integration Strategy for 2019-2022 and would like to hear your views on issues that need to be addressed and how you and your organisations can help address these in a joined up and coordinated manner. Communities play a crucial role in making those living within them feel at home.

Migrant Integration is a dynamic, multi-faceted and long-term process aimed at mutual accommodation and acceptance of the migrant and host populations.  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 Joint Meath & Louth Strategy foresees actions centered on five broad thematic headings:

  • Employment and economic activity;
  • Education and training;
  • Active civic and civil participation;
  • Social inclusion - engaging and interacting with service providers and
  • Social inclusion - expressing culture and identity; addressing discrimination and racism.

We need to hear your views as to how we make this real in our two counties.  Both councils are hosting an open forum meeting for key migrant based organisations, the LCDC, council staff, statutory agencies, elected members, and other relevant partnerships in each council area to discuss collectively ways of addressing issues identified in the strategy needs based assessment process.  Please come along and help us develop a practical action plan that makes our two counties as integrated as possible.  The dates and venues of these meetings are outlined below:

 

Public Meeting

Date

Venue

 Time

 

Dundalk

Tuesday, 19th February

Louth County Council offices

 10.00a.m. - 12.00p.m.    

 

Navan

Wednesday, 20th February

Meath County Council offices, Buvinda House, Dublin Rd, Navan, Co. Meath

 3.00 - 5.00p.m.

 

 

You can complete an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LouthMeath-MigrantServiceProviders-2019

 

Please advise your attendance for the MEATH meeting by contacting the Community Section on 046 9097400 or email community@meathcoco.ie 

Áine Bird

A/Senior Executive Officer

Community Section

Meath County Council

John Lawrence

Senior Executive Officer

Community Office

Louth County Council