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#YFG15 Resolution - Improving Migrant Participation in Local, European & General Elections in Ireland - Young Fine Gael

#YFG15 Resolution - Improving Migrant Participation in Local, European & General Elections in Ireland

Improving Migrant Participation in Local, European & General Elections in Ireland
Presented by: Wicklow & Dublin Bay North YFG to the 2015 YFG National Conference on Sunday March 8th

• That, according to a Central Statistics Office (CSO) Report, there was a 6% increase in the number of immigrants arriving in Ireland between April 2012 and April 2013. This accounted for 56,000 people moving to Ireland, 22,000 of which were under the age of 24.
• The need to continuously legislate on immigration, integration and human rights policies, to ensure the inclusion of immigrants in the political process , as they are directly affected by public policy at Local, National & European level.
• That 17% of the Irish population is now from an ethnic community or new community group, and that they need effective representation in Government and in Irish political parties.
• That during 2012, the highest rate of births occurred in Ireland since 1891, with 27% of these new children born to from immigrant mothers.
• That 14% of young people (15-24) or 15% of children and young people aged 24 or younger belong to ethnic minorities.
• That since 2011, some 125,000 people have been newly recognised as Irish citizens and that some constituencies (such as Dublin North Inner City and Fingal County Council) now have a population made up of more than 50% ethnic community or new community group, who are potential voters and have constituency needs.


• That Fine Gael and YFG believe in Equality and Human Rights.
• The importance of integration, equality and diverse effective representation in reducing prejudice and discrimination in Municipal Councils, City Councils, the Oireachtas and the European institutions when legislating.
• That there is some anecdotal evidence that current methods of selecting future political representatives in political parties has discouraged some of those who ran in local elections in 2009 from running in the 2014 elections and some new candidates from ethnic communities.
• That recent research concentrating on the participation of migrant candidates in local election in 2009 found that it was much more difficult for migrant candidates to get nominated in areas where competition within parties were strong (Fanning & Shaw & O'Boyle: Immigrant Candidates and Politics in the Republic of Ireland: Racialisation, Ethnic Nepotism or Localism? Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 2010).
• That the 2009 and 2011 Local and General Elections show that migrant candidates need full party support.
• That the European Union has made several recommendations about encouraging candidates of different ethnic backgrounds to have representation under the 'For Diversity against Discrimination' at all levels of government and legislating for this occurrence.

YFG Calls On:

• Fine Gael recruit an Integration and Equality Officer on an ongoing basis.
• The Government to introduce a quota system that will encourage political parties to encourage ethnic minorities to run in the coming elections.
• The introduction of a similar quota in the Seanad for ethnic minorities who can be chosen by both the political parties and the general public.
• The introduction of quotas at local government level in order to have a reasonable representation which reflects the quantitative representation of ethnic minorities.
• The Government to introduce affirmative action policies in public structures such as the Garda Síochána and the Judiciary in order to ensure that diversity, equality and an overall reduction of discrimination is achieved in Ireland.

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