Limerick City is third largest city in Ireland with a population of 95,854. The city lies on the River Shannon, with the historic core of the city located on King's Island, which is bounded by the Shannon and the Abbey River. Limerick is also located at the head of the Shannon Estuary where the river widens before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Limerick is the third most populous city in the state, and the fourth most populous city on the island of Ireland. In 2014, Limerick is Ireland's City of Culture, with a number of events due to take place in the city over the year.
Over 18,000 people living in Limerick County are non-Irish nationals and come from all over the world. The largest ethnic groups in Limerick are people from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, China, Nigeria and India.
Doras Luimní is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to support and promote the rights of all migrants living in Limerick. Our mission is to promote and uphold the human rights and wellbeing of migrants through personal advocacy, integration development and collaborative advocacy campaigns at the local and national level.
The anti-rumours campaign aims to dispel the widespread myths and misconceptions around the topic of immigration and migrant integration, by providing evidence-based answers and utilising social networks to spread the message of the campaign far and wide. As part of the campaign, Doras Luimní will provide free training to a team of anti-rumours advocates who will be given the necessary tools to carry out their own projects and workshops which challenge the most common myths.
There are three key stages of the campaign:
- Research: Identifying the most common myths and misconceptions on aspects of migration in Limerick and generating reliable and factual information on immigration and integration in order to counter and address these issues in a local context.
- Communication: The facts will then be presented in a creative and accessible way, which will inform the public and provide evidence-based answers to common misconceptions.
- Training: A wide range of key local stakeholders are invited to attend workshops and training sessions, during which they will gain skills in migrant rights, intercultural awareness, facts and figures around the topic of migration, facilitation skills and access to free learning resources which can be used to carry out their own anti-rumours initiatives.
- Interview by Matt Cannon, Limerick’s anti-rumour coordinator, on Cork’s radio station, on 8 September 2014
- “I’m not a racist, but…” – Campaign aims to quash migrant rumours, 28 August 2014
- Limerick teams up with Barcelona to tackle racism and immigrant myths, Irish Examiner, 26 March 2014