Integration Initiatives

Faces

Since 2011 Cairde runs targeted initiatives aiming to support integration process in Balbriggan. Each year we change a focus of our project:

2013/14 BALBRIGGAN INTEGRATION FORUM

Balbriggan Integration Forum was established in 2012 and has continued its activities in 2013. The Forum was supported to develop the integration ideas and findings from Integration Through Common Experience project.  Under the guidance of external facilitator, the Forum worked to develop its vision, Mission and Terms of Reference.  The relationships between the local communities and the service providers were strengthened in order to ensure that the needs of all communities living in Balbriggan are taken into account and addressed. Cairde had undertaken a wide campaign to encourage new members in order to ensure a wide representation of local communities on the Forum. Read more

2012 INSPIRING INTEGRATION

The purpose of this project is to provide people of Balbriggan with practical tips and examples of integration policies that were successful elsewhere and could be implemented in Balbriggan. It also aims to create a space for people to meet and share challenges related to living and working with this diverse population and come up with possible actions and solutions. Setting up a Balbriggan Integration Forum and organising an integration conference were the tools to achieve these goals. Read more.

2011 INTEGRATION THROUGH COMMON EXPERIENCE  

through a series of actions provided a platform for ethnic minority communities and the indigenous Irish community to share their common experiences. This initiative has strengthened the capacities and skills of all community members, both minority and majority, to ‘front up’ an outreach process in order to ensure maximum engagement in the wider community. Click here to read more about ITCEI.

BACKGROUND

 With the economic growth Ireland has experiences strong inward migration which picked in 2006-2007 and the Irish cities, town and villages had to accommodate the expanding and diverse population’s needs. Balbriggan, a small town located 30 km north from Dublin, has one of the highest concentrations of ethnic minorities per head of population in Ireland. The town also has a ‘significantly higher’ proportion of asylum seekers and people of African origin than other areas in Fingal.

These demographic shifts and the changing cultural landscape of Balbriggan and Ireland not only challenge people’s attitudes but they also present specific challenges to public service providers. A number of reports have highlighted the town’s under-developed community infrastructure and the poor provision of public services, compared to its size and population, as well as the need for integration between the various members of its communities.