Following an Open Call process in 2016, €4.5 million was made available to 20 projects to be delivered in a three year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally based community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals under the European Union Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
This funding was targeted at initiatives to promote the integration of non-EU migrants and to combat discrimination and racism.
The migrant integration projects provide a range of practical supports directly to migrants, including English language classes and workplace training. Anti-racism and cultural diversity initiatives also received funding.
Examples of the migrant integration projects selected for funding include:
- A nationwide project to support community integration through local level football leagues.
- A project in Cork to provide information and support services to vulnerable migrants.
- A Dublin-based project to assist long-term residents of Direct Provision Centres to make a successful transition to life in the community.
- A Kilkenny project to provide local work skills training and job placement to migrants who are experiencing barriers to participating in the workforce.
These projects initiated throughout 2017 and are currently midway through their lifecycle. The EU Funds Unit continues to monitor and evaluate the progress of the projects.
Specific details of the projects 2016 Open Call funded projects can be found here.