New report highlights issues facing migrants in the run up to GE16

Report authors are disappointed at lack of an integration strategy

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A new report is highlighting issues facing migrants in Ireland in the run up to the general election.

The 'Integration Roadmap' report also makes recommendations, such as changes in legislation.

This includes the introduction of hate crime legislation, direct provision reform, introduction of tax relief on English classes for migrants and nominating migrants' representatives to the Seanad.

According to the last census, there are over 544,000 people from different countries living in Ireland. This makes 12% of the total population.

The report, to be launch later, was published by the Dialogue and Diversity group.

It was prepared by several migrant organisations - including the Africa Centre, the Arab Irish Cultural Centre, Latin American Solidarity Centre, Polish-Irish Educational Association and Cairde.

The authors have expressed disappointment that an integration strategy is not present in the political debate during the election campaign.

"Modern Ireland is a diverse republic with a significant presence of migrants...however there is no discussion about their problems in (the) general election campaign", said Piotr Gawlik - chairperson of Dialogue and Diversity.

"Political parties (also haven't talked) about (a) long-term integration strategy".

"Altogether, we have representatives of over 199 nationalities living in the Republic of Ireland. Their presence makes us richer. Together we can exchange different experiences, bring differing points of view and work on solutions for problems from multiple perspectives".

"Diversity is a value which could benefit the nation", he added.

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