On September 27th 2018, Center for Peace-Osijek organized a second meeting of SIG as part of the project of Integration of Third Country Nationals through Urban Partnerships – INTEGRA. Representatives of organizations and institutions of the local integration group – representatives of the City of Osijek, Breza association, Red Cross Osijek and Volunteer center Osijek took part in the meeting. On the meeting, both the results of activities done so far and plans for carrying out future activities were presented. The emphasis was on planning and organization of the integration laboratory. The organization itself is planned to be done in November. Representatives of the Center for Peace - Osijek presented conclusions of the coordination meeting concerning the outline of criteria for the plan of deployment of people who were granted international protection. The coordination meeting was organized by the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities and was held on September 21st 2018 in the City council.
Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights organised Photovoice activity on 20th of August 2018. Twenty participants of different age and ethnicity answered our call for application and participated in the activity on the subject of integration of third country nationals. Considering the fact that small number of unaccompanied minors in reside in Osijek , who are also beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, we contacted people who come from third countries, but are already integrated in our community. All of them accepted our invitation to participate.
During the activity, the Photovoice team first discussed integration issues in Osijek, followed by participants taking pictures of their fellow citizens with special attention dedicated to examples of good practice, as well as pointing out the space for improvement.
As an example of good practice, participants captured the moments of integrated citizens’ leisure time and professional life. Most of them have well-developed social life, a lot of friends and acquaintances and are well integrated in our society.
As a space for improvement, participants pointed out monolingual signs, banners and directions in public space, hospitals, public institutions and public transport that are making integration of third country nationals more difficult.
Photos were exhibited within the manifestation “Land without borders” in collaboration with the Photo-club “Osijek” and Youth Association “Breza”.