After completing Sofia Integration Audit, in which over 100 citizens assessed Sofia policies and practices for TCN and migrant integration, Sofia Development Association and RiskMonitor Foundation organized Sofia Integration Lab on October 30 and 31, 2018, in Bankya.
The lab gathered together 18 experts from sectors relevant to integration: employment, education, social sciences, urban development experts, security experts, NGO leaders, TCN and migrant organizations. The participants developed three most plausible scenarios for the upcoming 3 to 5 years regarding TCN in Sofia: their presence, economic and social activity and integration, the capacity of the local community to accept them. For each scenario local governance actions and measures were proposed to allow the city to prepare and face efficiently the upcoming developments.
Sofia Integration Lab scenarios and policy recommendations will be the basis of Sofia Integration Agenda that will be the roadmap for the improvement of Sofia vision and services for third country nationals.
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.