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O’Dowd welcomes £1m migrant worker fund

23 January, 2018 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd has welcomed the establishment of a new £1 million EU project to assist minority and migrant workers facing an upsurge in racism as a result of Brexit.

The party’s Brexit spokesperson and Upper Bann MLA was speaking following the launch of EU-funded project entitled ‘Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries’ in Portadown today.

“The fear and uncertainty regarding Brexit has led to an upsurge in racist abuse faced by the minority and migrant worker community,” John O’Dowd commented.

“That is entirely unacceptable and needs to be confronted. Minority and migrant workers play a vital role in the local economy and within our communities. They should be valued, not subject to intimidation.

“Therefore I very much welcome the establishment of the ‘Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries’ project as a valuable resource to provide support and assistance they need.

“Of course, the great irony is that important EU-funded projects such as this are themselves under threat as a result of Brexit, a fact that again reaffirms the need for the North to be given designated special status to remain in the EU.”

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