The Immigrant Council of Ireland was established in 2001 and since then has been proud to drive real and significant change in many areas of Irish law and society. Our continuing work to promote positive integration in society, stop racism, end human trafficking and encourage immigration reforms for all migrant people comes with a track record of success.
Since 2001, Ireland has changed so much. It’s not hard to remember when the sight of anyone with a skin-colour other than (milk!) white was extremely rare, and – to the extent that there was any public debate on migration – it focused on the huge numbers of people leaving Ireland every year to seek new lives abroad.
Now we live in a society where nearly one in 12 people living here is not an Irish national.
We celebrate the new skills, ideas and economic opportunity that this shift brings, and continue to work to ensure our laws and policies reflect the needs of this diverse population.
You can read the detail of what we have achieved year-in, year-out here; these are just some of the achievements on behalf of migrant people and their families which we are proud to have worked on.
Over 100,000 service users supported.
Full representation in 41 cases relating to children in 2018
Last year alone 169 cases were opened in our Law Centre compared to 144 in 2017.
More than 3500 helpline queries in 2018
experiences of racism, including the emergence of Islamophobia
best practice methods to combat sex trafficking and support those affected
Advocating for Law and Policy reform
Successful campaigns for the recognition of family rights, students’ rights, EU Treaty rights and residency rights
Introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2017 with a new approach to tackling abuse in the sex trade
Training, education and awareness raising
Regular training with the Gardaí on human trafficking
Regular training with Citizen Information Centre staff nationally
Regular briefings with political targets on topical issues
2,153+ news items from 2012-2018