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Seize opportunity to embrace multiculturalism

30 August, 2004


Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Killian Forde has today welcomed a recruitment campaign by the East Coast Area Health Board to house 260 young asylum seekers in the Dublin metropolitan area.

The health board is seeking Dublin-based carers, including naturalised citizens who may originally be from overseas to house the young people. Cllr Forde referred to the endeavour as "an opportunity to fully embrace multiculturalism, and to redress the negative perceptions some people have of asylum seekers".

Speaking today, Cllr Forde said:

"I welcome the recruitment drive by the East Coast Area Health Board to place 260 young asylum seekers with families throughout Dublin. I call on all potential Dublin-based carers to consider housing the young people who range from 13-17 years of age. The Health Board has admitted that some of the older children have been put in hostels until they are placed with families.

"I think that this is a wonderful opportunity for qualified carers to help embrace multicultural Ireland and to redress the negative perceptions some people have of asylum seekers. The government has a responsibility to ensure that carers have adequate support available to them.

"Asylum seekers provide Ireland with diverse cultures and experiences and we should continue to promote and support this. I offer my best wishes to those who take on this role, in keeping with the Irish fostering tradition. I sincerely hope that all the 260 children are paired with suitable, loving families throughout the city." ENDS

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