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February 2010

A New Study on Immigrant Adolescents' Experience of Ireland

A new report on immigrant teenagers' experience of Ireland by Trinity College Dublin researchers was presented today (February 2nd) to the Minister of State for Integration, John Curran. The event took place in Presentation College, Warrenmount in the Liberties, Dublin with school pupils who took part in the study in attendance, together with their parents and teachers.

Commenting on the significance of the study that involved 169 migrant young people, aged 15-18 years of age across the country, TCD's Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Professor Robbie Gilligan, who led the research said: "The objective was to give migrant young people an opportunity to talk about the issues that were important to them. This research aims to contribute to public understanding of the experiences of young migrants in Ireland and help identify key issues in promoting the integration and well being of migrant youth in Ireland."

"The primary aim of this research," continued TCD researcher, Dr Philip Curry, "is to document and explore the experience of a range of young people who have migrated to Ireland. The experience of teenagers is particularly important for understanding integration issues. Compared to either younger children or parents, teenagers will have greater levels of contact with Irish society, especially contact of an open and unstructured kind."

The study titled, In the Front Line of Integration: Young people managing migration to Ireland was carried out by the Trinity Immigration Initiative(TII) and was a joint project between, the TII's Children, Youth and Community Relations Research Programme and the organisation, Integrating Ireland.

Last updated 27 May 2010 by The Children′s Research Centre (Email).