The impact of language on the political participation of migrant people in Ireland

A new report has been published, authored by Dr. Iker Erdocia (Dublin City University) in collaboration with New Communities Partnership: Language in Public Participation: Understanding and overcoming language and culture barriers in the political participation of people of migrant origin.

This research was funded by the Irish Research Council under the New Foundations scheme in 2022. The report offers a comprehensive overview of how linguistic and cultural differences influence the political engagement of migrant communities. Emphasising that political bias often stems from perceptions of foreignness, the report identifies language and culture-related factors, such as non-Irish accents and other identity markers not typically associated with Ireland, as triggers for these biases.

The report is available here.