Ireland in Brief

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Ireland in Brief is a booklet with a general overview of Ireland's political, economic and cultural life - information that might be useful equally for all new communities in Ireland and recent newcomers.

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Integration of migrants: Commission and OECD publish check list to support local, regional and national authorities

Gathering best practice examples from large European cities including Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Paris and Rome, the report highlights 12 key points (PDF) for local, regional and national policy-makers and practitioners to consider as they develop and implement local integration programmes.  


Results of special Eurobarometer on integration of immigrants in the European Union


There is so much to discover about life in any new land. Every country has its own customs and culture, rights and regulations, State services and schooling. We hope this handbook will help you ‘find your feet’ in your first days and weeks in Ireland, and give you some understanding of Ireland’s society, customs, laws and entitlements. Living in Ireland brings with it many rights, but it also means that we all have obligations to society and to each other. It’s important to learn what these rights and obligations are. Obviously it takes time to make lasting friendships, but Irish people are generally sociable and will chat with a stranger. In Ireland there is a long-standing tradition of emigration to other lands to work and live, and Irish people can be well-traveled and interested in hearing about other cultures and countries. Now that you are living in Ireland, you are expected to learn English, the main language spoken. Indeed, English is very important in getting a job and getting to know about Irish society. You will also receive support in housing and in your search for employment. You are entitled to State payments while you are looking for work and if you have no means (or money) of your own.

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The Migrant Integration Strategy

"Ireland’s population has become increasingly diverse over the past two decades. It is timely for us to focus on integration and to consider what is needed to enable Irish society to enjoy the benefits of diversity. We will all need to play our part. Effective integration requires ongoing engagement by migrants, public services, businesses and communities. The Migrant Integration Strategy sets out the Government’s commitment to the promotion of migrant integration as a key part of Ireland’s renewal and as an underpinning principle of Irish society. The Strategy provides a framework for a range of actions to support migrants to participate fully in Irish life."

France Fitzgerald, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality


International Migration Outlook 2016

International Migration Outlook 2016

The 2016 edition of the International Migration Outlook analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and selected non-OECD countries, and looks at the evolution of the labour market outcomes of recent immigrants in OECD countries. The report includes two special chapters: “The economic impact of migration: Why the local level matters” and "International migration following environmental and geopolitical shocks: How can OECD countries respond?", as well as country notes and a statistical annex.

Also available in French


2nd European Migration Forum - Long term approach to sustainable labour migration and successful integration.

The European Migration Forum – the civil society dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – met for the second time on 6 and 7 April 2016 at the EESC's headquarters.

Following on from the subject discussed at the first meeting (the management of mixed flows of migrants across the Mediterranean), the Forum now focused on the long-term approach to migration and integration.

The event had an interactive character, with participatory sessions and workshops with subjects suggested and managed by participants themselves.

The participants included NGOs (selected by a public call for expressions of interest - deadline was 11 January 2016), practitioners from local and regional authorities (selected by the Committee of the Regions), representatives of the Member States and members of the EESC Permanent Group on Immigration and Integration.

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World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility

We live in a world which is becoming increasingly urban. Over 54 per cent of people across the globe were living in urban areas in 2014. The current urban population of 3.9 billion is expected to grow to some 6.4 billion by 2050. Migration is driving much of the increase in urbanisation, making cities much more diverse places in which to live.

Nearly one in five of all migrants live in the world’s top 20 largest cities. In many of these cities migrants represent over a third or more of the population. Other cities have seen a remarkable growth in migration in recent years. In Asia and Africa, rapidly growing small cities are expected to absorb almost all the future urban population growth of the world and this mobility pattern to cities and urban areas is characterised by the temporality and circularity of the internal migration process.

The fast rate of urbanisation, and rising migration to cities, brings with it both risks and opportunities for the migrants, communities and governments concerned. The World Migration Report 2015 explores how migration and migrants are shaping cities, and how the life of migrants, in turn, is shaped by cities, their people, organisations and rules.

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Practical guide: Access to the asylum procedure

This guide provides information on the core obligations of first-contact officials and the rights of persons who may be in need of international protection in the first-contact situation. It will steer you through the process of identification of persons who may wish to apply for protection and the provision of relevant procedural guarantees and support


Is what we hear about migration really true? Questioning 8 stereotypes


This publication presents the first broad international comparison across all EU and OECD countries of the outcomes for immigrants and their children (The European Commission (DG Migration and Home Affairs) and the OECD’s International Migration Division supported by the European Union).



The Future is Ours

The County of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Integration Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2015

The DLR Integration Strategy was prepared by dlr Council’s Social Inclusion Office supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration to develop an Integration Strategy and Action Plan for the County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

A Steering Committee and Working Group, drawn from statutory, voluntary/ NGO and community-based groups and organisations was established to take the work forward.

Click on the links to access the documents The Future is Ours and The Future is Ours | Actions


A Social Inclusion Profile of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Research and Report by Niall Watters, Unique Perspectives


A Social Inclusion Profile of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, November 2012

Report commissioned by Southside Partnership


Based on Census 2006 


Migration Nation – Statement on Integration Strategy and Diversity Management

Ministerial statement on the future direction of integration policy in Ireland. 


Voter Information Leaflet

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council


History of Ireland. A beginner’s guide to society, culture and politics

by Dr. Elaine Byrne

During the 2012 DLR Social Inclusion Week, Dr. Elaine Byrne, from the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, made a presentation that covered a wide range of topics on history of Ireland including its road to independence, memorable individuals,

Among the participants were representatives of the Brazilian, Polish community, the Moroccan Association of Ireland, and other groups living in the Dun Laoghaire area.