On 23rd and 24th of November 2018, Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights held two-day workshop named City Integration Lab, within the project „Integration of the 3rd country nationals through Urban Partnerships – INTEGRA“.
During the workshop, we identified the main integration challenges, goals that have to be fulfilled, actions and measures that need to be enacted and what resources are needed to fulfill the set goals.
Using the SWOT analysis, we defined key characteristics of the City of Osijek and identified strategic factors that can be of importance in local integration.
Defined area’s of integration of migrants on a local area are education, health care and social welfare, employement and housing, local capacities, security and raising citizens’ awareness.
Workshop was attended by representatives of police, City of Osijek, Croatian employement service, ombudsman, Red Cross, Volunteer Centre Osijek, Centre for Peace Studies, Centre for missing and abused childred, Breza Assosiation, Dokkica, Nansen dialogue centre, Centre for culture of dialogue and Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek.
The workshop was moderated by Goranka Lalić Novak, Ph.D. and Teo Giljević, Ph.D., assistant professors on Chair of Administrative Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb.
U sklopu projekta Centra za mir, Dom daleko od doma,(Home Away from Home), financiranog od strane Europske unije kroz Erasmus + program, trenutno je u tijeku posljednji studijski posjet Belgiji, od 23. do 28. studenog 2018. godine.
Belgijsko društvo može poslužiti kao inspirativan primjer integracije, te se studijski posjet održao baš u toj zemlji kako bi se identificirali najbolji načini intergracije izbjeglica, tražitelja azila i migranata u europsko društvo.
Projektni tim, koji se sastoji od predstavnika organizacija iz Hrvatske, Ujedinjenog Kraljevstva, Belgije, Austije i Njemačke, sastaje se sa inicijatorima, sudionicima i volonterima inspirativnih projekata i inicijativa koji djeluju na području Belgije. Organizacije i inicijative koje je projektni tim posjetio su Voice of Afghans in Belgium, Project X (Altochtonen van de toekomst!), Niemo Vzw Jong Gent, Tumult – talent voor samen leven with Startanimatoren, Road of Change, From Syria With Love, Burgerplatform/civilisation platform, Youth on the Run – Youth Red CrossRode Kruis-Vlaanderen, Kampen en animatorcursussen/camps and training courses – Tumult, Zijde gij ook van sinnekloas, a u posljednja dva dana posjetit će i mnoge druge.
Rezultati projekta Dom daleko od doma objavljuju se na web stranici www.hafh.eu te će poslužiti kao bitan čimbenik u stvaranju novih modela treninga koji će se razviti kako bi mlade ljude u Europi upoznali s najboljim načinima integracije izbjeglica, tražitelja azila i migranata.
On the 16th of October 2018, Centre for Peace Osijek organized the first City walk, one of the activities of INTEGRA project. The first city walk was organized in the central area of Osijek, close to the train and bus station, sport’s hall and on the city street where Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics are. Due to the beginning of the academic year, the visited area was vibrant and full of life. The walk itself was very informative, and due to a smaller number of participants, the atmosphere was more relaxed, open and, therefore, enabled more in-depth conversations amongst participants. The walks were attended by representatives of TCNs, the NGO sector and volunteers, which created a space for open discussions about the subject of integration from various perspectives.
On September 27th 2018, Center for Peace-Osijek organized a second meeting of SIG as part of the project of Integration of Third Country Nationals through Urban Partnerships – INTEGRA. Representatives of organizations and institutions of the local integration group – representatives of the City of Osijek, Breza association, Red Cross Osijek and Volunteer center Osijek took part in the meeting. On the meeting, both the results of activities done so far and plans for carrying out future activities were presented. The emphasis was on planning and organization of the integration laboratory. The organization itself is planned to be done in November. Representatives of the Center for Peace – Osijek presented conclusions of the coordination meeting concerning the outline of criteria for the plan of deployment of people who were granted international protection. The coordination meeting was organized by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities and was held on September 21st 2018 in the City council.
Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights organised Photovoice activity on 20th of August 2018. Twenty participants of different age and nationality answered our call for application and participated in the activity on the subject of integration of third country nationals. Considering the fact that in Osijek there is a few unaccompanied minors who are beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, we contacted people who come from foreign countries, but are already integrated in our community, who happily accepted our invitation to participate.
During the activity, Photovoice team first discussed integration issues in Osijek, followed by participants taking pictures of their fellow citizens with special attention dedicated to examples of good practice, as well as pointing out the space for improvement.
As an example of good practice, participants captured the moments of integrated citizens’ leisure time and professional life. Most of them have well-developed social life, a lot of friends and acquaintances and are well integrated in our society.
As a space for improvement, participants pointed out monolingual signs, banners and directions in public space, hospitals, public institutions and public transport that are making integration of third country nationals more difficult.
In the end, in collaboration with Photo-club “Osijek” and Youth association “Breza”, some of the photographs were exhibited within the manifestation “Land without borders”.
The conference, organized by Sofia Development Association in the framework of the project Coalition of Positive Messengers to Counter Online Hate Speech, co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, took place in Sofia on June 21 and 22, 2018. It gathered together around one hundred participants and speakers with 10 countries: Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Georgia, Italy, Romania, Rwanda, Croatia and Czech Republic, among whom the Vice President of Bulgaria Mrs. Iliyana Yotova, Sofia Deputy Mayor Dr. Todor Chobanov, the Deputy Ministers Mrs. Monika Panayotova and Mrs. Denitsa Sacheva.
The conference included diverse formats: panel discussions; workshops on storytelling, on social media campaigns and providing support to hate speech victims; pitching available resources for combating online hate speech; photo exhibition and interactive games.
The conference concluded that since online hate speech is a global phenomenon, the societal response should be equally global and united. “In the refugee and migration crisis aggression, hatred and denial flourished,” said Iliyana Yotova and pointed out that the most important battle we are facing is the battle for the standpoint of youngsters.
According to Malina Edreva, Sofia Municipal Council the challenge for public authorities is to establish a favourable environment: “We consistently convey a policy of fostering tolerance and mutual respect in our city. However, parallel to the physical city, there is a digital city that integrates information and creates public spaces. It is therefore critical to improve our support to NGOs working in that area, to promote good examples and make targeted efforts to make technologies that benefit us all.”
More on the conference and the policy recommendations it produced is available at: www.positivemessengers.net