Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Ceisteanna (295)

Gerry Adams


295. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress of the integration services set up in 2016 to provide supports for families living in the Mosney direct provision centre. [30122/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

Mosney Accommodation Centre is home to 802 residents. The population comprises people who have applied for international protection and who have requested accommodation services as well as people brought to Ireland under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

My Department is responsible for the administration of funding to a number of schemes designed to assist integration of migrants to the state. Schemes who have received funding and are available to the residents of Mosney are as follows:

European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund:

Spirasi: Provision of Holistic Rehabilitation and Educational Support for Torture Victims in Ireland. The project is focused on the provision of initial assessments and Medical Legal Reports and building the capacity of Spirasi to deliver, expand and sustain the programme.

Migrant Rights Centre Project: Project to advance rights and build capacity of low waged Third Country Nationals and will target those most risk of poverty, exclusion and discrimination in low-waged and unregulated sectors.

New Communities Partnership: This is a Migrants Access Programme to the Labour Marketplace which aims to empower migrants by assessing their needs and providing 6 week intensive training courses to create and upskill their capabilities to efficiently access the labour market.

Irish Refugee Council of Ireland: Project focused on quality, protection and empowerment in the asylum procedure and to assist in transitioning from Direct Provision. The project uses a continuum of care approach to ensure applicants are assisted at each stage of the asylum procedure.

These projects are national projects that benefit residents of Mosney.

European Social Fund:

JUMP Project: The JUMP Project, which is based in County Meath, delivers courses, workshops, one-to-one training and coaching and mentoring to assist people to progress career progression routes. The project is focused on migrants.

National Integration Funding Programme:

RISE : Refugee Integration, Skills and Employability is a training programme run by Business in the Community that includes Syrian refugees based in Mosney among its participants.

Third Age: Fáilte Isteach is a Meath based project that trains local volunteers to become language tutors to migrant groups, with a particular emphasis on older volunteers.

Cultúr Migrant Integration and Anti-Racism project is based in County Meath.

Employment Supports for Refugee Women (Dormant Accounts Funded):

The Net-WORK project: Project is run by Cultúr Celebrating Diversity and the Meath Partnership and is specifically targeted at women moving out of Mosney.

In addition to these state funded projects, there are also a number of initiatives that have taken place at a local level to encourage integration for residents of Mosney with the wider community. These include the recent Learning for Life Training initiative in partnership with Diageo Ireland and the Mosney Foróige Group for the younger residents.