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Famous Immigrants : Natalie Portman #INTEGRA

Natalie was born Neta-Lee Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie’s agent. Her parents are both of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Natalie’s family left Israel for Washington, D.C., when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard University. She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting.

Famous Immigrants : Arnold Schwarzenegger #INTEGRA

As a part of project #INTEGRA we are presenting a very famous immigrant : Arnold Schwarzenegger. This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. He came to USA in 1968 and got his citizenship in 1983. After a sucesfull acting cereer he became Governor of California in a recall election. He was subsequently elected Governor when then-Governor Gray Davis was successfully recalled and served the remainder of Davis’ term between 2003 and 2007. Schwarzenegger was unable to run for a third term due to term limits imposed by Constitution of California, but has still been involved in politics and the promotion of environmentalism.

Let´s compare: Croatia vs. Syria #INTEGRA

As a part of project Integra, Centre for Peace, nonviolence and human rights has presented an comparison of the Croatian and Syrian surface.
Croatia officially the Republic of Croatia is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. Croatia has an area of 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) .
Syria officially the Syrian Arab Republic is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts. The area includes about 185,180 square kilometers of deserts, plains, and mountains.

Inspiration: Rumi #INTEGRA

As part of Project #INTEGRA – Integration of Third-country Nationals Through Urban Partnerships, Center for Peace, nonviolence and human rights is running an online campaign, part of which includes quotes from famous immigrants. They represented quote from Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th-century Persian poet, faqih, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats.
Rumi’s works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek in his verse.

“I love my friends
neither with my heart nor with my mind.

Just in case…
Heart might stop.
Mind can forget.
I love them with my soul.
Soul never stops or forgets.”

Getting to know: The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites #INTEGRA

As part of the project # INTEGRA today we are presenting The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites.
The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites is a building that can be traced back to the 5th century, located approximately 30 kilometres northwestern part of Aleppo, Syria. It is one of the oldest surviving church complexes. It was constructed on the site of the pillar of Saint Simeon Stylites, a renowned recluse monk. The church is popularly known as either Qalaat Semaan (the ‘Fortress of Simeon’) or Deir Semaan ( the ‘Monastery of Simeon’).
Saint Simeon was born in 386 AD in the Amanus mountains village. He lived in a monastery in this village at an early age, however, later on, he opted to transform into a religious solo hermit monk. Saint Simeon then resolved that he would not live in a cave, but instead, he would move to the top of a pillar that was approximately 12–18 meters high and estimated to be 2 meters in diameter to get closer to God. Significant multitude would soon be attracted by the preaching of Saint Simeon that was offered twice a day. Saint Simeon stayed on top of the pillar for about 37 years and later died in 459 AD. His remains were majestically escorted to Antioch by seven bishops, numerous soldiers and a crowd of his devoted disciples.

Famous Immigrants : Levi Strauss #INTEGRA

Within the project # INTEGRA – Integration of third-country nationals through urban partners – we present famous migrants: Levi Strauss (Germany, 26.02.1829.- SAD, 26.09.1902.)
Levi Strauss emigrated from Europe to America at the age of 18. He got his citizenship in 1953. Levi Strauss stayed in New York for a while and then moved to California at the time of the Gold Rush. He achieved American dream by making the first jeans factory in San Francisco. Together with Jacob W. Davis he patented a new style of jeans in 1873.

European Web Site on Integration-Croatia has published an info about our project#INTEGRA

European Web Site on Integration – Croatia has published an info about our project #INTEGRA!

Project #INTEGRA promotes deeper mutual understanding between migrant communities and host societies against the rising political discourse of securitisation, which paints migrants as a security threat in Europe.
https://ec.europa.eu/migrant-integration/index.cfm?action=furl.go&go=%2Flibrarydoc%2Fintegra-project-a-way-forward-for-integration-of-third-country-nationals-at-city-level&fbclid=IwAR3w8hAVhhP8vqKr2OMyjvViFMkvR98VKThhrKZcnqQweOEo2psJRdRVLDY