Community groups around the country are being encouraged to make a greater effort to welcome migrants and refugees, with the launch of a new initiative to boost integration.

The Migration Integration Strategy will give funding of up to €5,000 to local organisations that work with families and individuals that have made Ireland their home.

As well as supporting such groups, the strategy sets a number of targets for State agencies over the next four years.

These include the provision of information in different languages, interpretation facilities and enhanced processes to identify and report racist behaviour.

It is envisaged that by 2020 at least 1% of staff in the civil service will come from the European Economic Area).

The Government says this will lead to a more representative civil service but there are no plans to remove a recruitment bar on non-EEA nationals at this time.

The Communities Integration Fund of €500,000 will be open to sports organisations and voluntary groups to allow them to promote greater migrant integration.

Meanwhile, the first group of asylum seekers who are to be accommodated in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon are arriving on a flight to Ireland this evening. Another group will arrive next week. 

The group will initially stay in Balseskin Reception Centre which has a HSE medical centre on site.