Report Launch

30 Mar 2022

On 30 March ISS21 hosted an event to launch the report Inclusive Volunteering: Exploring Migrant Participation in Volunteering. The report is based on the findings of a small-scale study which explored migrants’ experiences of volunteering in Cork city and county, including their motivations and pathways into volunteering, the benefits and challenges of volunteering, and the factors which facilitate or inhibit volunteering. The findings highlight the contribution which migrants make to local communities and the wide range of skills and experience which they bring to their volunteering roles. In line with international research, the study also indicates that volunteering can be an important aspect of two-way processes of integration. The research was carried out in partnership with Cork Volunteer Centre and was funded under the Irish Research Council's New Foundations programme.


  • Opening address from Peter Scholten, Director of IMISCOE & Professor of Migration and Diversity Policy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam  
  • Overview of the research findings from the authors Dr Margaret Scanlon (ISS21) and Dr Shirley Martin (Applied Social Studies & ISS21)
  • Panel discussion with Adam Lacey (Cork Volunteer Centre), Clara Ebili and Anuj Agarwal (volunteers with CVC) and the report authors,.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here 

Further details on the research project are available at: Inclusive Volunteering: Exploring Migrant Participation in Volunteerism

For more on this story contact:

Dr Margaret Scanlon (

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

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