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Sport: Effective participation of minorities in sport

Key Area:
Public Life, Culture, Sport & Media
Discrimination, Equality
08/03/2012 - 16:32
Short Answer

The Irish Government tend to classify people in terms of nationality rather than ethnic status so specifics on minorities in sport are hard to come by, however, in May 2008 the Office of the Minister for Integration published a statement entitled ‘Migration Nation, which, in part, deals with participation of migrants in sport and assesses strategies for further integration. In Ireland many of the minority groups are made up of first or second generation immigrants.

Qualitative Info

Extract from, ‘Migration Nation’-

“While a number of migrants do participate in cultural, sporting and

political aspects of Irish society and many communities have staged

cultural and sporting events designed to celebrate the arrival of

different communities and diversity in Irish society, there is scope

to further increase participation by migrants in all of these aspects

of life. The point has been well made that activities in these areas

can play a major part in encouraging integration, especially at

local level.”

“Discussions have taken place with the larger sporting bodies most

directly engaged with migrants about their plans for the future in

encouraging participation of migrants in their activities. The bodies

have drawn up, or are in the course of doing so, detailed

programmes for integration.”

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Culture, Media, Sport, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
External Url$File/Migration%20Nation.PDF