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Developing Integration Policy in the Public Sector: A Human Rights Approach

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Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

16-22 Green Street

D07 CR20 Dublin 7

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Developing Integration Policy in the Public Sector: A Human Rights Approach will launch a research report on the development of a human rights-based public policy framework for migrant integration. The report is authored by Professor Mary Gilmartin and Dr Clíodhna Murphy of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), and is the result of an Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission-funded research project.

The research project involved detailed evaluations of policies from across the public sector in Ireland, and research interviews with a small number of public bodies. The report outlines the project's findings, and puts forward recommendations for ensuring a human rights-based approach to migrant integration in public policy.

Dr Donald Macaskill will address the launch on the importance of reflecting human rights considerations in public policy development and implementation.

Dr Macaskill is the Chief Executive of Scottish Care. For thirteen years, Dr Macaskill ran his own equality and human rights consultancy focusing on adult protection, risk and personalisation. As part of his consultancy work, Dr Macaskill supported local authorities in Scotland to combine both a human rights and an equality approach to impact assessments. Dr Macaskill's work highlighted the importance of not treating equality and human rights as separate aspects but rather to combine them to address the needs of citizens and communities, who would have fallen through the cracks if only an equality impact assessment was used. Dr Macaskill found that one of the added benefits of undertaking an equality and human rights impact assessment was encouraging public authorities to think, at an early stage of the policy planning process, about what the impacts are going to be on those who use services, and to put those citizens at the heart of decision-making.

A light lunch will be provided.

Places are limited; early registration is advised. Registration closes Wednesday, 15th November.

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