A new campaign is working to remove barriers which prevent migrants from participating in civic and political life here.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) say these must be removed to ensure “integration and community cohesion.”
The group has launched a series of ‘one-stop-shop’ events aimed at increasing the civic and political participation of EU and non-EU migrants.
Ten events will take place between August 2016 and April 2017 in locations including Dublin, Dundalk, Navan, Newbridge, Carlow, Limerick, Kerry and Cork.
The first event was held at the end of July in Cork City, which the council says had a “very successful” turnout.
Some 17% of the Irish population are from a migrant background and, since 2011, over 90,000 people have acquired Irish citizenship.
The events are being run by the ICI and Nasc Ireland as part of the Participate project – a European project funded by the European Commission and the Open Society Foundation.
There are also similar initiatives in Belgium and the UK.