Experts from Sofia, Prague, Osijek, Kosice and Italy gathered together for a partnership meeting in Rubano, Italy, from May 30 to June 1st, 2018. The meeting involved almost 30 participants: project coordinators and researchers, members of the five city Stakeholder Integration Groups and representatives of the Local Government of Rubano.

During the three days of meeting the participants presented and elaborated on the project outputs of the first semester: the initial findings of the focus groups and desk research. The INTEGRA group conducted a pilot city tour with checklists and photovoice in Rubano and neighbouring Padua focused on urban safety and cultural mapping to assess the policies and practices of integration of third country nationals and migrants, to identify good practices and challenges. The participants visited one of the structures of the Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR) created under Law No 189/2002. SPRAR unites in a network local governments that implement migrant integration projects and is managed by the Italian Ministry of Interior.

The stakeholder integration groups in the five countries formed a common expert network for exchange of experiences and interaction.

In the upcoming months the project partnership will complete the city integration audits and reports in each of the five cities.


On the 22th of May 2018, RiSSC conducted the first focus group of Integra project.

The second focus group aimed to bring together experts, stakeholders, professional actors with a deep knowledge and expertise about the immigration phenomenon in Rubano and in the surrounding area.

This focus group aimed to analyze the results of the first focus group in order to confirm or contest them.

RiSSC showed to the experts the leading questions and the answers of the participants of the first focus group. Furthermore RiSSC proposed to the experts a list of specific questions aimed to collect their opinions about the results of the first focus group.

The focus group recorded the participation of the 11 following participants:

Nicola Grigion – Servizio Centrale SPPAR - Ministry of Interior.
Maria Grazia D’Acquino – doctor of the Local Public Entity of Health System – Immigration Office.
Giovanni Foffano – Social services of the Local Public Entity of Health System.
Maurizio Trabuio – President of  social cooperative "Città Solare".  
Stefania Donegà – Councilor of Rubano.
Francesco Jori – Journalist.
Vincenzo Pace – Professor of University of Padua.
Sergio Frigo – Journalist.
Sara Moratti – Social Services of Rubano, involved in the SPPAR project.  
Mauro Scappato – Social operator of SPRAR.
Michele Fassina – Cultural mediator.

Rissc is proud of the collected results and the stakeholders involved.
RiSSC led the works according to the methodology: every partner had the adeguate space and the opportunity to share his own opinion.
The participants were proactively involved.
RiSSC collected inputs and data by all of the participants and gathered information very useful for the implementation of the City Integration Report and the City Integration Agenda.

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

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