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Friday 9 December 2016

'Anti-racism training needed for gardai'

Wessel Hall from Fairview,pictured after the launch of the Immigrant Council of Ireland report into Young Migrant Men in Ireland
Wessel Hall from Fairview,pictured after the launch of the Immigrant Council of Ireland report into Young Migrant Men in Ireland

Anti-racism training for public servants, including gardai, was recommended in a study of the experiences of young migrant men.

The study, initiated by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, looked at the experiences of 40 men between the ages of 16 and 28 who were born outside of Europe and now live in Ireland.

The men identified discrimination at school, in sport, at work and by public authorities as the main challenges faced.

The study found mixed opinions about gardai with some stating very positive views of gardai while a few were less positive. The study identified a need for better access to training and work for migrants and a national integration strategy.

Key recommendations from the Voices of Young Migrant Men research include:

• Diversity and anti-racism training across the garda force and the development of local ethnic policing forums.

• A proper complaints system for those who experience discrimination in accessing public services.

A garda spokesperson said the force has been working closely with minority communities through its Racial Intercultural Diversity Office (GRIDO).

“The 300 ethnic liaison officers throughout An Garda Siochana work with minority communities and individuals on a daily basis to ensure they feel they can turn to us when they are at their most vulnerable. Diversity training is ongoing,” he said.

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