Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Justice and Equality
409. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the annual budget specifically dedicated to migrant integration including for the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration and its previous incarnations since the establishment of the junior ministry with a migrant integration remit in 2007. [3343/20]
I wish to inform the Deputy that service provision to migrants is mainstreamed across all Government Departments. As part of the Transformation Process in the Department of Justice and Equality, the work of the Office of the Promotion of Migrant Integration is now being carried out within the Civil Justice and Equality Policy function, with funding streams administered collaboratively across the Civil Justice and Equality Functions.
The table below sets out the budget allocation for each year from 2007 to 2020* in respect of funding for migrant integration, including funding under the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration and its previous incarnations, in the Department of Justice and Equality.
My Department operates a number of funding schemes in the area of migrant integration, which includes the integration of refugees. The expenditure also includes expenditure incurred by the Irish Refugee Protection Programme for integration of resettled and relocated refugees.
A number of funding programmes are administered by my Department, including a National Funding Programme to Promote Integration of Migrants (a scheme for grants spread over 3 years), a small grants scheme (maximum grant of €5,000 per project) under the Communities Integration Fund, larger grants for multi-annual projects using funding from European sources, including the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).
* Expenditure from 2007 to 2016 relates to the full expenditure of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration.