Background to the NCP
Who We Are
New Communities Partnership (NCP) is a national umbrella network of migrant led groups in Ireland. Our membership comprises community and voluntary groups from Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, European, the Caribbean, South American and African backgrounds. Membership is drawn from refugee & asylum seeker individuals and groups, faith groups, second and third country nationals, EU migrant networks, first generation, and new & settled migrant groups.
Our network was formed in 2003 by a group of community leaders who wished to represent and empower ethnic minorities and their organizations in Ireland. Though member groups' backgrounds varied widely, they shared the common goal of striving to overcome the obstacles and difficulties that arose for people building a new life in Ireland.
NCP is an organisation led by community members for community members, and the issues that we are addressing are grounded in our lived experiences. The organisation enables ethnic minority communities to engage with all aspects of Irish social, political and cultural life on an equal footing, thereby maximizing the leadership capacity within new communities .
NCP facilitates policy makers at local, national and EU levels to communicate directly with new communities through an organised and cohesive structure of nationwide integration forums comprising 175 community groups.
NCP opened it's first office in Dublin in 2005 and established offices in Cork and Limerick in 2006.