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Inspiring Integration in Balbriggan

Interaction among people and mutual understanding is needed to create a more integrated community in Balbriggan.

Best integration practices from various regions in Ireland and international were presented during the Inspiring Integration Conference held in Balbriggan on the 6th of November. Delegates consisting of the local service providers, decision makers, community leaders and residents discussed successes and challenges they experienced in their works and lives. They also proposed recommendations for improving their situations.

The presentations
The conference was chaired by Christian Aid‘s global adviser on Gender/GBV/Power and Exclusion, Tendai Madondo. Speakers at the occasion included: Anne Monica Brennan, Manager of Programme Delivery for The Mentoring Partnership at the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) in Canada; Issah Huseini, CEO of the New Communities Partnership Ireland; Natalya Pestova of the Mayo Intercultural Action; Mary Ryan, co-founder and PRO of the English Language Support Teachers’ Association (ELSTA); and Mammy Mohamed, chairperson of Balbriggan Women’s Development Group.

Ideas from the roundtables
The discussions centered around the experience of integration and how migrant integration experience can be improved. Discussants described integration as a two-way process that requires interactions and mutual understanding between the native community and immigrants. The current economic recession, it was noted, has negatively affected opportunities for social interactions within the Balbriggan community. It was noted that migrants are poorly represented in various aspects of Irish life.

The full report form the conference is available here: Cairde Balbriggan – Report on Integration Conference. It includes models and techniques presented by the speakers and reconditions from people living and working in Balbriggan.

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