New Insights on Migrant Integration in Ireland

30 Mar 2023

Integration allows migrants to contribute to Ireland’s economic, social, cultural and political life and is critical for social cohesion and inclusive growth. Nonetheless, racism and discrimination can create barriers to integration. This in-person conference presented new EMN Ireland and ESRI research on migrants’ integration in Ireland and brought together expert speakers to reflect on the policy implications of the research. The new National Action Plan against Racism for Ireland was presented by a representative from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. 

Date: Thursday 30 March 2023

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Venue: Conference Centre, Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2

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Conference Agenda


Registration opens – tea and coffee 

10.00-10.10  Welcome: Emma Quinn, Head of EMN Ireland

Helen Russell, Head of Social Research, ESRI

10.10-10.30  National Action Plan Against Racism  

Colm O’Loughlin, Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth 

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  Session One: Migrant Integration Moderator Mark Cummings 

Monitoring Report on Integration 2022: Key findings 

Frances McGinnity, ESRI 

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11.05-11.50  Panel discussion 1 

Brian Killoran, Immigrant Council of Ireland 

Denise Charlton, Community Foundation Ireland 

Sevak Khachatryan, New Communities Partnership  

Anatoliy Prymakov, Ukrainian Action in Ireland


Coffee break 

  Session Two: International Protection Applicants in the Labour Market Moderator Mark Cummings 
12.05-12.30  Labour Market Integration of International Protection Applicants in Ireland 

Emily Cunniffe, EMN Ireland/ESRI 

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12.30-12.40  Q&A 
12.40-13.25  Panel discussion 2 

Salome Mbugua, AkiDwA 

Stephen Collins, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 

Lucky Khambule, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI)

Niamh Rabbitt, Department of Justice  


Close: Emma Quinn, Head of EMN Ireland