Inspiring Integration Initiative 2012

Committed to keep integration on the agenda of the local stakeholders Cairde continues integration work in 2012 under a theme ‘Inspiring Integration’ to provide people of Balbriggan with practical tips and examples of integration policies that were successful elsewhere and could be implemented in Balbriggan.

The purpose of this project is 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.

ACTIONS:

Inspiring Integration Report 2012

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.
  •  The Cairde Balbriggan initiative Integration Through Common Experience 2011  (ITCEI) 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.
  • Following from the success of the ITCEI run by Cairde Balbriggan last year a number of recommendations were suggested. Among them was setting up a Balbriggan Integration Forum and organising an integration conference to share best practices of integration that could be implemented in Balbriggan.