Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre marked and celebrated World Refugee Day 2016 with a free community event that involved the Croí na Gaillimhe Multicultural Choir, a performance from the residents in the Eglinton Direct Provision Hostel and a sing song and dance with everyone from around the world.
The event sent a message of welcome and inclusion, themes that are synonymous with Croí na Gaillimhe. It was a multicultural gathering where the participants shared both the serious aspect of the current refugee situation, but also had plenty of fun and laughs.
Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy, Irish Times
The atmosphere was warm, heartfelt and passionate, bringing down boundaries and everybody closer to each other.
Refugee Day provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout Ireland. The ultimate aim is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to our community.
More than 4,300 people, including 1,600 children, are living in limbo - some for more than a decade - in 34 direct provision centres throughout Ireland while seeking governmental approval to remain in the country.
About 300 asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Albania, Pakistan, Iran and other countries are housed in Galway City at the Eglinton in Salthill and the Great Western direct provision centre in Eyre Square.
For further information contact Croí na Gaillimhe at 091 895203 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.