This will be the third phase of the Border People online information service, which provides citizens’ information for people crossing the border to live, work or study (the pilot website which became www.borderpeople.info was launched in 2007). It provides information on cross-border taxation, social security, job seeking, qualifications, health, education, housing, banking, telecoms and other practical areas. The website currently receives a monthly average of 17,000 page views, and 60 direct inquiries (by phone or email) per month.
The aims of the 2013-2015 phase of the project are to:
- Through training, to embed the provision of cross-border mobility information into the practices of mainstream citizens information providers – notably CAB (NI) and Citizens Information Board (Ireland);
- To provide cross-border mobility information as an essential component of a common travel zone and labour market in Ireland and Europe;
- To correct misinformation regarding the complex issues raised when somebody moves across the Irish border to live, work or study.
The project’s activities will include ‘training for trainers’ events and training days to train 40 advice workers in existing organisations to become competent to advise on cross-border mobility issues. There will be ‘user group’ meetings, briefing papers on cross-border mobility issues and a plan developed to integrate the Border People service – with continued support from the Centre for Cross Border Studies – into existing citizens information services in the two jurisdictions by 2015.
The partners in this project will be the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat; Citizens Advice Bureaux (Northern Ireland) and Citizens Information Board (Ireland).
This project is supported by the INTERREG IVA programme (2013-2015)