Reply To: Module 4 – Migration and Refugees

Dervilla Ryan

Research if there are any organisations working with refugees in your community. In the forum reflect on how your school and students could take action to support refugees or welcome them to the community (150 words min.) and comment on at least one other post.

I live and work in South Dublin County which has become home to many refugees. There are many organisations working within the communities. The St Vincent de Paul, Foróige, Irish refugee council, Jesuit Refugee Service and Concern provide invaluable supposts in accommodations housing migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Citywest.
Some other specific services I found during my research were:
The Intercultural migrant drop in centre in Tallaght. It is a first point of contact and support for individuals and families from new communities moving into the Tallaght area. The centre provides a safe environment for people to meet. It supports them in making links with local organisations and services, and provides English language tuition to facilitate participation in Irish society.
Tallaght Adult Education Service runs information sessions on English language courses and education and training options available in the local community.
South Dublin CYPSC TAllaght: The South Dublin Community Response Forum provides information on local supports available to refugees and displaced persons living in South Dublin County. They also provide resources and information through social media.
Shamrock Rovers lead a campaign which invites people in direct provision to their football games.
Crosscare runs youth groups in their Round Towers centre.

In our schools we can encourage our pupils to take action to support refugees by educating them through the series of lessons provided in this course. They can then take their own action through awareness campaigns and organising welcome events to help people to integrate into the community. Coffee mornings, fundraising drives, language exchanges, and clothes swaps where the whole community is involved are a great way to foster an environment of safeness, acceptance and inclusivity. Language can often be the biggest barrier so there are free language classes available in our school to students.

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