Integration Matters - Conference

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Integration Matters - Conference

Launch of the "Indicators for Local Integration (ILI) Index" and a new Toolkit for migrant candidates running for election in Ireland.

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Absolute Hotel Limerick Sir Harry's Mall Limerick Ireland

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The “Integration Matters” conference organized by the Immigrant Council of Ireland is bringing together community and migrant leaders, local authority staff and different stakeholders working in the areas of migration, integration and community development to share their experiences and identify positive actions for greater diversity in politics and successful migrant integration.

During this conference, we will be launching “Indicators for Local Integration (ILI) Index”, designed to measure the progress in the area of migrant integration and to support Local Authorities in designing and implementing their integration strategies.

Alongside this we will also be launching our forthcoming Toolkit for migrant candidates running for election in Ireland. A valuable and practical resource which aims to reduce some of the barriers face by migrants in Ireland in running for election.

On the day we will also have a panel event on our EU funded SALAAM project which focuses on supporting local authorities on social inclusion and integration of Muslim communities in Irish society.

The event will take place in the Absolut Hotel, Limerick, on Tuesday, 8th November 2022, 11 am – 4 pm. Lunch will be provided but registration is required. Full agenda below.


10:15: Registration Open

10:45: Welcome - Brian Killoran, CEO, Immigrant Council

11:00: Keynote Address - Minister Joe O’Brien, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development

11:15: Integration Index – Introduction to the Report and Key Findings - Mary Gilmartin, Lecture, Maynooth University

11:35: Panel 1: “Integration in Local Authorities: what are the indicators?”

Moderator: Liliana Fernandez, Immigrant Council


· Thoiba Ahmed, Local election candidate 2024 - Donegal

· John Lannon, CEO, Doras (Member of the Advisory Committee Indicators for Local Integration (ILI))

· Seamus O'Connor, Limerick City and County Council

12:30: Lunch

13:15: Screen of migrant election Vlogs

13:30: Panel 2: "Representation in politics: where are the migrants?”

Moderator: Megan Flynn, Local election candidate 2024 – Gort/Kinvara, Galway.


· Valesca Lima, Lecturer - Dublin City University

· Cllr. Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, Local Councillor Limerick City and County Council

· Anne Waithira Burke, Local election candidate 2024 – Wicklow

14:30: Panel 3: Supporting Local authorities in social inclusion and integration: EU SALAAM project.

Moderator: Aideen Roche, Policy Officer, Doras.


· James Carr, Lecturer - University of Limerick

· Nedson Ng’oma, Network and Communications Officer – INAR

· Islamiyah Saudique Kadejo, CEO, GOCOM Radio Galway

15:45: Closing Address – Brian Killoran, CEO, Immigrant Council of Ireland

The Integration Matters Conference is funded by the EU Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund.

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