Integration begins from the moment an asylum seeker, refugee or forced migrant arrives in Ireland. It is a two-way process that helps create an environment of respect for diversity and equality and benefits both the newly arrived and the host community.
JRS advocates for an adequately resourced and consistent model of integration, which meets the accommodation, employment, health, education and welfare needs of all persons arriving in the State. In response to the unmet integration needs of persons living in the Direct Provision system, JRS delivers a range of services, supports and projects.
Through the Fáilte Project, newly arrived asylum seekers are invited to participate on a cultural orientation and information programme and also provided informal opportunities to visit and meet local community groups.
Language support, capacity building and training workshops are provided to residents living longer term in Direct Provision to combat the negative effects of institutionalisation and to foster the skills necessary for independent living outside the Direct Provision system.
In line with the emerging political consensus among EU Member States and European Institutions that the effective integration of refugees and asylum seekers necessitates access to the labour market at the earliest possible stage, JRS Ireland prioritises efforts towards increasing the employability of asylum seekers in order to facilitate their successful transition from Direct Provision.
JRS Ireland is also chair of the Limerick Integration Working Group, and in that role developed Limerick’s 3rd migrant integration strategy, Belonging to Limerick: Integration Plan 2018-22, which seeks to work towards creating a vibrant, inclusive and truly intercultural Limerick in which all residents belong and are equally valued.