‘Positive meeting with migrant services’ – Brady

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Friday, September 11th, 2015
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has met with Migrant Support Services to discuss access to equality services throughout the Newry, Armagh and South Down region.
From left Artur Kmiecik, Ethnic Support Officer, Newry, Mourn & Down District Council, Justyna McCabe, Diversity & Inclusion Projects Co-ordinator, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Mickey Brady MP Newry & Armagh and Vincent MacDonald Politcal Advisor Chris Hazzard MLA)

Artur Kmiecik, Ethnic Support Officer, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Justyna McCabe, Diversity & Inclusion Projects Co-ordinator, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Mickey Brady MP Newry & Armagh and Vincent MacDonald, Politcal Advisor

Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “Migrants have greatly benefitted our society and as Irish republicans we welcome the valuable contribution they are making here. “Given the legacy of forced emigration from Ireland we are determined to devise policies to combat racism and promote greater inclusion as we can have empathy with the problems these people are facing. “The meeting took place against the backdrop of the international refugee crisis. We need to prepare for the inevitable influx of people fleeing. Many of the issues that are current will be relevant as we fulfill our international obligation to support refugees. “We sought this meeting to gain an insight into the numbers using support services throughout the Newry Mourne and Down Council region and to look at addressing some of the problems they are facing,” he explained. “Immigrants face problems in gaining access to education, housing, employment opportunities as well as the problem of racism. We discussed how we could devise strategies and policies needed to promote greater inclusion of these new communities into Irish society. Brady added, “It is important that we embrace diversity and use the opportunity to learn from new cultures that can only enrich our own lives. Sinn Féin will continue to work to get equality for the migrant communities to allow them the same rights as everyone else in our society.”

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