Next week, the Centre for Peace of Osijek will host two activities for INTEGRA project. On Tuesday 11th December at J.J. Strossmayer University, there will be a roundtable titled “MIGRANTS AND MINORITIES: OPPORTUNITIES, NOT THREATS”. The discussion will focus on the main aspects of good integration practices on the local level: from an asylum seeker to a fellow Croatian citizen. The public discussion will involve very important personalities. More specifically, we will be delighted to 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 will also participate Mr. Tvrtko Barun, actively operating in the Jesuit Refugee Service, Ms. Sara Kekuš and Cvijeta Senta of the Centre for Peace Studies of Zagreb and finally Mr. Romano Kristić, Head of the Administrative Department for Social Walfare of the City of Osijek.

The whole event will be accompanied by the Photovoice Exhibition. Before and after the discussion, participants and visitors will be able to enjoy the 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 will consist in cooking lessons for students of the Catering and Tourism School of Osijek and will be 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.

An Intercultural evening entitled “A Vision for the Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria” was organized by the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and Multi Kulti Collective with the support of the Representation of UNCR in Bulgaria on December 6, 2018.

The event brought together representative of state institutions, municipalities, NGOs, universities, international organizations actively working for the integration of migrants. The aim was to share ideas on a vision for refugee integration in Bulgaria and to continue building and strengthening coalitions for solidarity and support to refugees and their integration. SDA team was happy to attend and to share the INTEGRA project policy recommendations and futuristic scenarios for the integration of third-country nationals. The intercultural evening also helped us generate new resources and good practices to share with the INTEGRA stakeholders and partners.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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