The second radio broadcast, part of the INTEGRA information campaign, was on the topic of labor market integration for third-country nationals. We spoke with Sergey Vichev, a Bessarabian Bulgarian, born in Taraklia, Moldova. He earned his MA in Business Administration from the University of National and World Economy; currently, he’s a manager and co-founder of a trading company, as well as the co-founder of a start-up for business analytics and data science. Sergey’s life story is a prime example of successful integration: his Bulgarian roots were definitely an advantage, yet he also believes that Sofia has a lot to offer to foreign nationals. The city is a strong magnet for IT professionals, also for the international call-center industry in view of the large share of the population speaking foreign languages. Another asset of Sofia is mount Vitosha, which is especially attractive for fans of winter sports. He also remembers how important was the help he received when he first arrived from other Moldovans already settled in the city. In his view, the city administration should put more efforts to connect established migrant communities, formally or informally, so to improve the connections between those newly arrived and their compatriots, but also to enable better dialogue and interaction among all the foreigners who have chosen Sofia as their second home.
Listen to the full interview with Sergey on June 20, 2019 at 6 pm on Alma Mater Sofia University radio.
On 18th June 2019 at Kazamat Gallery, Centre for Peace, nonviolence and human rights Osijek, in cooperation with the Croatian Red Cross Osijek and Udruga Breza, hosted INTEGRA day as a part of an exhibition "Create the Change" that marked World Refugee Day.
The exhibition presented „Balkan trails“ - works of award-winning Slovenian authors Ciril Jazbec, Matic Zorman, Boštjan Pucelj and Matej Povše. The photographs were taken during the time of migrant and refugee flow that happened in 2015 and they present the individual experience and the current state of each of the authors. In the framework of the exhibition was also presented the series of photos called „Children on the Balkan route“ that have been made at the time of the refugee crisis in Hungary, Serbia and Croatia by Marko Mrkonjić.
As a part of the exhibition Centre for Peace presented photographs that were made as a part of Photovoice activity of INTEGRA project and visuals through which you can learn about Arabic culture, find interesting recipes from the Arabic cuisine, learn about famous immigrants, etc. Centre for Peace also introduced their digital creative tool - a comic book that presents similarities and differences between Croatian and Persian language.
At the end of the exhibition, Centre for Peace presented the results of Home Away From Home project that consists of learning modules as well as of research and online platforms which could be seen on an infographic.