On Thuesday, July 3th, Centre for peace – Osijek hosted the first focus group as a part of the Integra project.
The focus group meeting was attended by 10 representative of institutions: Municipality Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County, Croatian Employment Service (Regional centre Osijek), Community Service Centre Klasje – Home for Children and Youth .
At the beginning of the meeting, the participants were introduced to the Integra project, as well as the main topics of the focus group: city vision and services, urban environment, civic participation and social inclusion of TCN and migrant communities and attitudes towards TCN and migrants. The participants took parts at the focus group proactively, sharing information, opinions and own personal experiences. At the end of focus group meeting, the participants were invited to participate in further project activities due to take place this year.
The second focus group was held in Osijek on 5th July as a part of the Integra project.
Nine representatives of civil society organizations and TCNs and migrant communities attended the group and discussed, among other, the elements of integration and potential difficulties local community faces regarding the arrival and accommodation of a large numbers of TCNs in the city of Osijek. Besides that, participants shared their views on the current situation of the third-country nationals (TCN) in Osijek.
The participants agreed that there is a significant number of civil society organizations in the city area that provide various activities that involve migrants, helping them to connect better with the local community. In addition, the experience of working with refugees, acquired by NGOs during the 1990s, as well as the personal experience of refugees in this specific area, can be a major support to the integration process.