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. We live in a society where nearly 1 in 8 people living here is not an Irish national. Migration patterns have changed and after centuries of being a nation of emigration, Ireland is getting to grips with being a destination country.
This continues to require realignment in our laws, policies and practices to ensure we are reaping the full economic and cultural benefits this brings.
We celebrate the new skills, ideas and economic opportunity that this shift brings, campaigning and lobbying 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 and in our Impact Report; these are just some of the achievements on behalf of migrant people and their families which we are proud to have worked on.
You can also read stories from migrants we have helped.
migrants helped since the Immigrant Council was formed
Victims of racism supported in 2020 by our Anti-Racism Support Service
Legal cases underway in 2020 supporting migrants facing immigration challenges
Calls and emails answered by our Immigration Helpline providing free immigration information and advice
Research partnerships and collaborations with Irish civil society groups
Research partnerships and collaborations with organisations across Europe including EU bodies
Advocating for Law and Policy reform
With Government departments, amplifying migrant voices on issues including immigration reform, ending direct provision, & more
We were proud to take part in the Catherine Day Advisory Group on Ending Direct Provision
Training, education and awareness raising
Through our migrant voting rights workshops and Migrant Leadership Academy
Working with businesses, organisations & service providers to ensure inclusive workspaces
Including new online immigration renewal system, re-opening of registration office & resumption of family reunification visas
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