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  • Bishops Call for Better Pastoral Attention to Migrants

    BISHOPS CALL FOR BETTER PASTORAL ATTENTION TO MIGRANTS Catholic bishops from Africa and Europe say the worldwide phenomenon of migration calls for increased pastoral attention by the church. The recommendation is contained in a communiqué issued at the ...
  • DIRECT PROVISION

    DIRECT PROVISION ACCOMMODATION FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS Since 2000 all asylum seekers have been required to live in what are called Direct Provision Accommodation Centres.  In August 2008 a total of 6,290 people were resident in 52 centres spread throughout...
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    HUMAN TRAFFICKING Human Trafficking into and through Ireland is a documented fact although the level of occurrence is unknown.  In 2006 the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference was one among many groups calling for the introduction of legislation against ...
  • STATISTICAL UPDATE

    STATISTICAL UPDATENational Statistics Office figures tell us that roughly 10% of Ireland’s population is made up of migrants, most of whom  are EU citizens. A quarter of these  (about 100,000) are people from the UK who have settled here. ...
  • Immigrant Council of Ireland response to the Budget

    The Immigrant Council of Ireland acknowledges that the extremely difficult economic situation in Ireland requires tough decisions by the Government to address, chief executive Denise Charlton said today. ...
  • INTEGRATION STRATEGY 2008 - 2011

    INTEGRATION STRATEGY FOR CORK - 2008 -2011 The Strategy was launched by the Integration Minister Conor Lenihan on the 25th of April.  The Strategy is the first of its kind in the country.  While a number of Anti Racism Strategies have been pub...
  • IRISH BISHOPS ISSUE STATEMENTS ON FAMILY REUNIFICATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    In a press release issued at the conclusion of the June 2008 General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference statements on a number of topics were made.  Included in these were the issues of Family Reunification for those granted asylum in Ireland a...
  • SUMMER EVENTS

    The last two weeks of July will be a busy time for Cois Tine.  In addition to our normal daily activities there will, on the 21st, be a day-trip to Fota Wildlife Park for mothers and children living in the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre. On the 24th ...
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO AFRICAN COMMUNITY GROUPS

    Following on two grant application training events for African Community Groups run recently by Cois Tine in collaboration with Integrating Ireland participating groups were given the opportunity to apply for grants of €1,000 to help them improve their...
  • CORK CITY INTEGRATION STRATEGY 2008 - 2011

      Almost two years ago the idea of drawing up an integration strategy for Cork City was suggested at a meeting of the Cork Networking Committee (CNC) an umbrella group representing over twenty voluntary and statutory groups that work with or represent im...
  • Bill breaches Consitution

    Five organisations have joined forces to highlight potential breaches of constitutional and international human rights obligations contained in the Immigration, Residence and Protection (IRP) Bill, 2008.   The five organisations – Immigrant Council of...
  • Migration - an overview

    Here we link to an excellent article from  Issue 55 of "Working Notes" a periodical from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.  This short piece is full of clear information and highlights the fact that asylum seekers and their concerns are being lo...
  • ONE DAY I'LL CALL CORK MY HOME

    Below is an Article taken from the Cork Evening Echo of May 2 2008 in which Rosina Mwalwala a Cois Tine volunteer gives her reaction to the award and speaks about why she works with Cois Tine. The work of Cois Tine was recognised recently in the Lord...
  • World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2008

     Statement of His Holiness Pope Benedict XIV The theme of World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2008 invites us this year to reflect in particular on young migrants.  Recognising that the phenomenon of emigration is becoming ever more widespread and inc...
  • Different Viewpoints

    DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS Below is an interesting article from the website of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  This is the first in a series of articles about the religious life and customs of African Catholics and how the church might better serv...
  • SUDAN: BISHOP SAYS BASHIR'S INDICTMENT HAS SPLIT THE NATION

    The on-going situation in Darfur has caused huge numbers of people to flee, mainly to neighbouring countires, but also to more distant destinations.  There are a significant number of people from Darfur in Ireland, some live in the Cork area and have co...
  • Training at Cois Tine

    Capacity Building Training – a cooperative exercise.On Saturday the 17th of May 22 people from nine countries, representing thirteen New Immigrant Community Groups took part in a one day Grant Application Training Course at Cois Tine.   The training ...
  • Award for Cois Tine

    AWARD FOR COIS TINE Fr K Kiernan, Fr A Lafferty, Danielle Deschamps and Gerry Forde Cois Tine was honoured at the Lord Mayor’s Community and Voluntary Awards Ceremony in Cork City Hall on Fri April 12th for its contribution to Social Inclusion i...
  • Churches Asylum Nework Response

    Submission  of  the Churches’ Asylum Network to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights in response to the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008.  ...
  • TO PONDER

    Our sense of humanity is confronted every day with news of migrants and refugees - generally a mixture of both and most often undocumented - who try to cross borders in search of safety and better living conditions.  We are not dealing here with sporadic...