Nasc host ‘one stop shop’ event to discuss impact of ‘Brexit’ and promote participation of migrants

Mon, July 18, 2016

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Cork Participate! One Stop Shop Event 27th July 6-8PM, St Peters Cork

For immediate release
18 July 2016

Nasc are hosting a unique ‘One Stop Shop’ event in collaboration with organisations throughout the city, to promote greater participation and integration of migrant communities in Cork, and to respond to the recent rise in queries from EU and UK nationals in relation to ‘Brexit’ (the EU referendum result in the UK). The event will be held on Wednesday 27th July, from 6 PM – 8PM in the iconic St Peters Cork building on North Main Street.

“People who attend will be able to find out information about applying for citizenship, voter registration, volunteering, community engagement, legal advice & information, CV & jobs advice, and much more,” states Nasc Campaigns and Communications Manager Jennifer DeWan.

Organisations including Cork Citizens Information Service, Cork City Council (Social Inclusion), New Communities Partnership, Cork Volunteer Centre, Cork YMCA, Together Razem Centre, Cork Migrant Centre, Cork Education and Training Board, Cork City Partnership and more will be providing information and general advice for all attendees on the night. In addition, Solicitor Cian Moriarity from Fachtna O’Driscoll Solicitors will be providing short free legal advice sessions on the night.

The event will also include a workshop on the potential impact of ‘Brexit’ on UK and EU nationals, and advice on how to respond to racism & discrimination.

“Although the event is aimed at migrants living in Cork, all are welcome to attend to find out interesting and unique ways to participate in the wider Cork community and Ireland more generally,” notes Ms. DeWan.

“Participation is a key to integration. People need to feel that they are engaging in what’s happening in their community to be able to feel a part of it. Too many migrants never really engage in all of the various ways of participating in Irish life, from naturalising to volunteering to becoming fluent in English, to allow them to feel fully integrated into Irish society. This event offers people loads of different opportunities to begin to engage,” comments Ms. DeWan.

“We are excited as well that St Peters Cork has an ongoing 1916 exhibition which will be showing on the night, which will give migrants who attend an opportunity to learn a bit about Ireland’s history while they find out about some of the different ways to participate and integrate into Irish society,” finishes Ms. DeWan

The event forms part of a joint EU project, which includes several EU partners including Migration Policy Group, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Migrant Rights Network (UK) and Objectif (Belgium). The project is funded by the Rights, Equality & Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union and by the Open Society Foundation.

This event is free, however you can register your attendance on the Facebook event page, available here. Coffee and snacks will be available for purchase on the night from Filter Cafe. More information about the event is available here. If your organisation or group would like to participate in the event, please contact jennifer@nascireland.org.

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