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Conor Lenihan (pictured left), the new minister for integration in the Republic of Ireland is the first to be appointed to this role. As it is only now that action to provide this role has been taken, it should not be surprising that progress is going to be slow. Ireland, formally a country of emigrants has now become a haven for immigrants. With 40% of immigrants claiming that they plan to settle in Ireland permanently it is Mr. Lenihan's job to ensure that the next decade is marked with understanding and acceptance. A colossal task for any government to undertake and it is hoped that the Irish government will indeed learn from the mistakes of those countries like Canada and the United States and be more successful.
Polish Community, for instance has begun taking many parts of Ireland by storm. Polish shops have opened up everywhere negating the need to rely on Irish hospitality whilst still other non-nationals including Lithuanians, Romanians, Germans and Russians to name but a few have begun taking residence in all but the most secluded of areas in Ireland.
Tighe, Mark. Actress Flees Ireland after Racist Abuse. In The Sunday Times. July 29, 2007
Nota Bene: The above article was originally published in 2007 through Suite 101.com now known as Suite.io.
Corbin, M.R.J. (August 8, 2007), Reshaping Communities in Ireland: Building Understanding Within a Multi-Cultural Irish Republic. In Social Anthropology. Creative Marketeam Canada Ltd. Suite101.com. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.