Minister for Housing, Roderic O'Gorman

Minister announces latest funding in multi-million-euro scheme to integrate migrants and refugees

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has announced that 111 community projects are set to receive funding under the Communities Integration Fund 2021.

In a statement released by the Minister, it is confirmed that a total of € 500,000 will be made available to support local community-based organisations to play a greater role in welcoming and integrating migrants and refugees.

According to the Department, The Communities Integration Fund has been in place since 2017 and arises from Action 51 of the Migrant Integration Strategy, which calls for funding to be made available to local communities throughout Ireland to promote the integration of migrants and refugees.

The Minister’s statement notes that since its inception, the Communities Integration Fund has supported over 480 projects with grant funding totalling €2.26m.

Recipients of the awards announced by Minister O’Gorman include Muslim Sisters of Eire, LGBT Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Irish Refugee Council.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce this funding which will support local communities nationwide to reconnect and to celebrate the rich cultural diversity in our society.

“Settling into a new environment can be a daunting experience for migrants and refugees.  The COVID pandemic in particular has presented many challenges, among them an increased risk of social isolation.  Local community-based initiatives, such as those awarded funding today, can play a vital role in supporting new arrivals through this transition period, providing them with the opportunity to connect with their new community and to realise their full potential.”

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