IMMERSE H2020 Conference

15 Sep 2023

This conference presented the findings from the Irish component of the four-year Horizon 2020 project: IMMERSE (Integration Mapping of Refugee and Migrant Children in Schools and other Experiential Environments in Europe).  The keynote address on the integration of migrant children in Ireland was delivered by Emma Quin (Economic and Social Research Institute).  

Conference Schedule



Opening address

Professor Maggie O'Neill, Director ISS21

Presentation: Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in our Schools

Grainne Cullen, Principal Officer, Department of Education

Keynote Address: The integration of migrant children in Ireland

Emma Quin, ESRI and EMN (European Migration Network)

Panel 1:  Children and Young People

CYPAG, Youth Advisors and Young Migrant Activists


Shirley Martin, Reana Maier, Deirdre Horgan and Jacqui O’Riordan, University College Cork

Migrant Children in the Non-Formal Education Sector

Jessica Farnan, ETB - YES for Refugees & Migrants 

Panel 2: Formal Education Panel



Moderator: Dr Naomi Masheti, Cork Migrant Centre

Mary Kenny (ESOL Development Officer, Dublin/Dun Laoghaire ETB)

Nickie Egan (Principal North Presentation Primary Cork)

Homayoon Shirzad, Schools of Sanctuary

Áine Lyne, EDNIP, MIC, University of Limerick

Closing Remarks

University College Cork IMMERSE Team


IMMERSE Children’s Art and Poetry Exhibition



Decorative Image

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

Top Floor, Carrigbawn/Safari Building, Donovan Road, Cork, T12 YE30