Thursday, August 2, 2012

Racist bullying of migrant children ‘ignored’

 An article in the Irish Independent from July, reports that racist bullying towards migrant children is increasing. Rather than developing a solution, perhaps by targeting the ignorance through educational outreach programs, the migrant children are told to develop a “thicker skin” to cope with the bullying. The article describes how “the ICI [Immigrant Council of Ireland] is calling on the Government to tackle racism and xenophobia ‘as a national priority’ through education and awareness-raising campaigns.” These migrant children have already endured hardship and trauma in their transition to a brand-new country, and the last thing they need is to face racist bullying from their peers at school. The Government should respond to the call from the ICI and establish programs that seek to reduce or eliminate such xenophobia.

Brophy Solicitors

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