Within the project Integration of third country nationals through urban partnerships – # INTEGRA, on 26th of March we held a meeting of the Integration Group of stakeholders.
The activities carried out so far and the Local Integration Plan in Osijek were presented. During 2019, based on this plan, we will conduct advocacy and raising awareness activities connected to this issue at national and EU level.
The aim of INTEGRA is to assist in the process of long-term integration of third-country nationals in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia by sharing knowledge and experience among the cities of these countries. Although the state is primarily responsible for implementing integration policies, cities also play an important role in fostering cooperation between all relevant stakeholders and creating a favorable environment.
Civil society representatives, alongside the City of Osijek, the Osijek-Baranja Police Administration, the Croatian Employment Service and the Office of the Ombudsperson for Children representatives participated at the meeting.
Htjela bih iskoristiti ovu priliku da podijelim s vama netom objavljenu Preporuku za suzbijanje diskriminacije i govora mržnje tijekom predizbornih kampanja Europske mreže za suzbijanje diskriminacije (EQUINET). Kako nam predstoje izbori za Europski parlament, kada javna retorika često prelazi granice odgovornog diskursa, važno je podsjetiti javnost i sudionike izbornog procesa na važnost suzdržavanja od diskriminatornog govora i govora mržnje. Vjerujem kako baš vi, kao predstavnici civilnog društva, imate jedinstvenu poziciju i mogućnost promicanja vrijednosti jednakosti, nediskriminacije te zaštite manjinskih skupina. U tu svrhu, EQUINET je objavio Preporuku za suzbijanje diskriminacije i govora mržnje u predizbornim kampanjama diljem Europe, za ove, ali i sve buduće izbore.
Preporuka sadrži osnovna načela komuniciranja tijekom predizbornih kampanja te je usmjerena na sve sudionike javne rasprave, a posebno apelira na političke stranke, kandidate i medije da uvažavaju vrijednosti nediskriminacije i težnje za stvarnom jednakošću, te da s posebnom odgovornošću pristupe osjetljivim temama koje se odnose na skupine definirane zajedničkim zaštićenim osobnim karakteristikama kako bi izbjegli njihovu stigmatizaciju.
Preporuku možete naći u prilogu na hrvatskom i engleskom jeziku, te ste slobodni podijeliti istu na svojim web stranicama i društvenim mrežama te dijeliti istu tijekom predizbornih kampanja. Vjerujem da ova Preporuka može biti koristan alat u borbi protiv diskriminacije te je važno da se svi uključimo u promicanje vrijednosti nediskriminacije i odgovornog komuniciranja.
Equinet preporuke HR
As the World Water Day was marked on March 22nd, we present a comparison of the Croatian and Syrian surface that is under the water. Water is one of the most important conditions for life, but also the largest and most important systematic part of our body. Accordingly, water is one of the most strategic resources of today.
According to the Water Resources Report published by UNESCO in 2009, Croatia ranks third in Europe regarding the water richness – only Norway and Iceland are richer in water than Croatia. Furthermore, Croatia is among thirty countries in the world regarding quantity of water.
As part of the project Integration of third-country nationals through urban partnerships – INTEGRA, we are representing preserved parts of the old civilizations through architecture and history. Today we get to know the city of Palmira in Syria.
Palmira is an ancient city, also mentioned in the Bible, then called Tadmor, a desert city built by King Judea, Solomon, son of David. The free city of Palmira was founded in the 3rd century BC and became an important traffic hub. In 1980 it was admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage list, but unfortunately, Palmira has been greatly affected by the war in the recent years.
Within the project Integration of third country nationals through urban partnerships – INTEGRA, The Center for Peace made four infographics.
1. Statistical data on the number of persons who have been granted international protection and the number of applicants for international protection,
2. Data on the City of Osijek,
3. Local Integration Plan for the City of Osijek,
4. Rights of the asylum seekers and foreigners under the subsidiary protection.
Through the created infographics, we are informing and sensitizing the public about third country nationals, their rights, integration in the city of Osijek and the adopted integration plan.
We started the campaign at the Faculty of Economics of the University Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek, where more than 20 thousand students will have the possibility to see the above-mentioned infographics.
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Centre for Peace of Osijek hosted INTEGRA day. On Tuesday 11th December at J.J. Strossmayer University, there was a roundtable titled “MIGRANTS AND MINORITIES: OPPORTUNITY, NOT A THREAT”. The discussion focused on the main aspects of good integration practices on the local level: from an asylum seeker to a fellow Croatian citizen. The public discussion involved very important personalities. More specifically, we heard hear from Prince Wale Soniyiki and Twana Rasul about their direct experiences of respectively an asylee and a young man granted with subsidiary protection by Croatian government. In addition to them, in the conversation also participated Tvrtko Barun, actively operating the Jesuit Refugee Service, Sara Kekuš and Cvijeta Senta from the Centre for Peace Studies of Zagreb and, finally, Romano Kristić, Head of the Administrative Department for Social Walfare of the City of Osijek.
The whole event was accompanied by the Photovoice Exhibition. Before and after the talk, participants and visitors enjoyed wonderful pictures describing the experiences, the attitudes and the feelings of the people involved in this part of the project.
The second part of the activity consisted in cooking lessons for students of the Catering and Tourism School of Osijek that was given by Prince Wale Soniyiki. He is a 32-year-old man who, after escaping from Nigeria and having arrived to Croatia, was granted humanitarian protection. Thanks to this grant, he has been able to start living again. He soon became an essential part for the Croatian society: out of his passion for cooking, he reached his dream to run his own business. Now, he is the owner of a successful restaurant in Zagreb and for this reason, he decided to teach teenagers integration through his passion.
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.