Ireland: New mentoring programme pairs local councillors with migrants
The Immigrant Council of Ireland announced the launch of its Migrant - Councillor Internship Scheme for 2021. The scheme is a 12 week programme wherein a migrant intern will be placed with a mentor councillor on a part-time basis. Interns will shadow councillors for seven hours a week, following their day to day duties and carrying out assigned tasks. The project will run from September to December, 2021.
In 2018, five people from a migrant background took part in a pilot internship scheme, and three ultimately stood in the May 2019 local elections. These included Uruemu Adejinmi, who was co-opted to the Longford County Council in 2020.
The Immigrant Council will be running two online information sessions to provide further information about the project's terms and conditions and the application process. One session will be for councillors and the other for migrants.