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Learning and Discussion Lab
exploring
How political parties can better
engage with migrant electorates
AGNIESZKA WIECZORKO...
MY EXPERIENCE
AS SOCIAL ACTIVIST
& AN INDEPENDENT
CANDIDATE LE 2014
THE CAMPAIGN -
CHALLENGES
BARRIERS
RECOMMENDATIONS
SOCIAL ACTIVIST INVOLVED IN MANY LOCAL PROJECT- BALLYMUN
INTERCULTURAL DAY 2012, 2013, 2014, ENGLISH CONVERSATION
CLASSES ...
Training for Polish local leaders in Ireland in 2013
& "Vote. You are at Home" Social Campaign
2013-2014
FORUM POLONIA IN ...
Hight motivation to bring the change
Positive attitude & good biography
Campaign team & volunteers
Networking in Polish an...
No experience in Irish politics
Lack of knowledge on the Irish local
government, registration process ect.
Lack of knowled...
Simultaneous life between Poland and
Ireland (lack of the belief that it is worthy to
engage in the Irish social and polit...
The registration process is perceived as
rather difficult and discouraging
Lack of� Polish / (visible) migrant political
r...
What can we do together
to face with the barriers?
Recommendations
Support migrants local leaders; engage in internship programmes (not only
dedicated to Non-EU citizens)
Pr...
Recommendations
Participation in migrants events and gatering an information about migrants
issues
Small number of non-Iri...
Thank you for your
attention
Agnieszka Wieczorkowska
+353 85 145 19 06 (Ireland)
+ 48 798 825 424 (Poland)
e-mail: agniesz...
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How political parties can better engage with migrant electorates in Ireland

  1. 1. Learning and Discussion Lab exploring How political parties can better engage with migrant electorates AGNIESZKA WIECZORKOWSKA DUBLIN, 29.01.2019
  2. 2. MY EXPERIENCE AS SOCIAL ACTIVIST & AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE LE 2014 THE CAMPAIGN - CHALLENGES BARRIERS RECOMMENDATIONS
  3. 3. SOCIAL ACTIVIST INVOLVED IN MANY LOCAL PROJECT- BALLYMUN INTERCULTURAL DAY 2012, 2013, 2014, ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES IN DUBLIN, IRISH COURSE FOR MIGRANTS PARENTS, CAREER'S DAY IN DUBLIN ��� MEMBER OF BALLYMUN INTERCULTURAL GROUP, POLISH COMMUNITY CENTRE "BIBLARY", DISABILITY FOCUS GROUP (DCC), FORUM POLONIA IRELAND, POLISH SCOUTING ASSOCIATION IN IRELAND, POLISH RUNNERS CLUB IRELAND, POLSKA EIRE FESTIVAL ��� AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE IN A LOCAL ELECTION 2014 FOR BALLYMUN, FINGLAS EAST, GLASNEVIN, DRUMCONDRA, SANTRY, WHITEHALL, BEAUMONT �PSYCHOLOGIST, LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, PROJECT COORDINATOR
  4. 4. Training for Polish local leaders in Ireland in 2013 & "Vote. You are at Home" Social Campaign 2013-2014 FORUM POLONIA IN IRELAND & THE SCHOOL FOR LEADERS FUNDATION IN WARSAW
  5. 5. Hight motivation to bring the change Positive attitude & good biography Campaign team & volunteers Networking in Polish and migrants community Local issues awareness Competences to coordinate Social Media,PR and Marketing campaign (www, poster and leaflets) Time (I was not full time employee) Support from voters (small donation and words of encuragement) ELECTION CAMPAIGN - WHAT I HAD
  6. 6. No experience in Irish politics Lack of knowledge on the Irish local government, registration process ect. Lack of knowledge on running an election campaign and canvassing Campaign short in time (6 months) Lack of support from Polish organisations in Ireland Lack of time due to family and work related commitments Independent candidate has no access to the register of Electors before the registlation deadline; canvassing related issues; financial limits ELECTION'S CAMPAIGN - CHALLENGES
  7. 7. Simultaneous life between Poland and Ireland (lack of the belief that it is worthy to engage in the Irish social and political life because "I am a temporary migrant", "I'm not at home). Low engagement and interest of the Polish people and low interest in the Irish political scene Lack of awareness about Irish political parties agenda Language barrier - lack of clear information about LEA, voting rights, registration process ect. ELECTION'S CAMPAIGN - BARRIERS
  8. 8. The registration process is perceived as rather difficult and discouraging Lack of� Polish / (visible) migrant political representative(s) on the Irish political scene Lack of links between local politicians and migrants communities; no diversity officers in parties Equality officers of a few political parties don't include integration related issues ELECTION'S CAMPAIGN - BARRIERS
  9. 9. What can we do together to face with the barriers?
  10. 10. Recommendations Support migrants local leaders; engage in internship programmes (not only dedicated to Non-EU citizens) Promoting political party agenda in many languages and providing clear information about benefits of being a member of a political party Pro-actvite attitude and cooperation with migrants media and migrants organisations in Ireland
  11. 11. Recommendations Participation in migrants events and gatering an information about migrants issues Small number of non-Irish people engaged in the local community issues Support migrant leaders and activists who want to be involed in a political life or become a candidate Encurage migrants to register and vote in a local election - running an information campaing about voting rights on national and local level Include integration related issues in: (1) the political parties programmes (2) Irish politicians agenda (3) political candidates campaign
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention Agnieszka Wieczorkowska +353 85 145 19 06 (Ireland) + 48 798 825 424 (Poland) e-mail: agnieszka@wieczorkowska.eu

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