SINN Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan has said more funding and a clearer strategy is needed in order to educate people and help create community awareness of other cultures.
The Foyle MLA was speaking after concerns were raised over funding for ethnic minority groups in the North.
Karen Mullan said: “I want to commend everyone for the good work that has been done through the ethnic minority groups across the North.
“Unfortunately, ethnic minority groups and organisations have seen their funding cut from £75,000 to £45,000 this year.
“This has left a lot of groups in a very vulnerable position struggling to cope and unable to continue the good work they do on a daily basis for supporting ethnic minority groups and individuals.
“With many fears and concerns around Brexit and in recent times a rise in racist attacks on individuals and homes now is the time for more resource funding to enable ethnic minority groups and organisations to continue the work they do to help eradicate racial discrimination within our society and provide support and advice.
“Sinn Fein have met with David Sterling on this funding crisis and we will continue to raise this with him.
“It is our belief that that ethnic minority groups and organisations need to be adequately funded and a clearer strategy drawn up in order to educate people and help create community awareness of other cultures,” added the Foyle MLA.