Establishment of Monaghan Migrant Integration Forum

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Establishment of Monaghan Migrant Integration Forum

The County Monaghan Migrant Integration strategy We Belong was launched on November 16th 2020.

The three year strategy sets out Monaghan Local Community Development Committee’s plan to ensure the integration of all those who live in County Monaghan. One of the actions within the strategy was for Monaghan Public Participation Network (PPN) and Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) to collaboratively establish a Migrant Integration Forum which will be a community led forum to engage with members of the migrant community and ensure their voice is part of local decision making.

The Migrant Integration Forum wishes to give all members of the migrant community an opportunity to have a safe space to share their concerns and develop key initiatives that will encourage migrants to fully contribute to their communities.

The forum has held its inaugural meeting and this was a very productive meeting. The one key piece of work that emerged as a need, was for the forum to carry out a mapping exercise of what services are currently being provided across the county and where are there gaps. The forum will initially meet every month.

We are looking for new members. We welcome anyone who works with the migrant communities or is a migrant themselves. If you would like to be a member please email Leona Keenan PPN Resource Manager at ppn@monaghancoco.ie or Jacqueline O’Rourke Monaghan Integrated Development at jorourke@midl.ie

As the Monaghan Integration Strategy states, “The vision for Monaghan is one that celebrates the diversity of our communities. A county where everyone who lives, works and visits are valued, respected and supported to fully participate and contribute to their communities.

By being friendly and by being ourselves, you will be making County Monaghan a better place for all”.