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Saturday 23 September 2017

Racist bullying of migrant children ‘ignored’

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

MIGRANT children are being told to develop a "thicker skin" to cope with racist bullying at school, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Rather than acknowledging the problem and developing education programmes and strategies to prevent racist bullying, there is a "reluctance by adults and authorities" to deal with the problem, the ICI said in a submission to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

"Recent research in north inner-city Dublin has highlighted that migrant-origin boys experience both overt and covert forms of racial bullying.

"A high prevalence of racist name calling and physical violence was also recorded

The ICI is calling on the Government to tackle racism and xenophobia "as a national priority" through education and awareness-raising campaigns.

Irish Independent

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