01.12.2019 – 31.12.2019 - Integration Centre Prague continues with the distribution of the campaign creative tools and information materials. The PhotoVoice zines will be distributed at public spaces (such as cafés, libraries and community centres) in cooperation with ICP terrain workers and the online tools such as the podcast series Salad Bowl of Prague: Voices and the PhotoVoice website will be promoted via social media.

03.12.2019 – Sofia Development Association participates in the conference Go Local: Supporting regions, cities and rural areas in migrants’ integration. The conference is organized by the Committee of the Regions, which recently launched the initiative Cities and Regions for Integration, together with other Commission departments. Sevdalina Voynova moderates one of the conference workshops “Narratives matters”.

06.12.2019 - 08.12.2019 – ETP Slovakia organizes city tours in Kosice in order to present it as a multicultural place with lots of foreign influence and TCN communities. The event is called Potulka and will be hosted by famous local guides.

11.12.2019 - Centre for Peace – Osijek presents a part of their online campaign „Infographics“ which this time presents well-known writers and philosophers in order to present foreign culture. Production of viral material with suitable pictures and quotations.

12.12.2019 - Integration Centre Prague officially moves the PhotoVoice exhibition to the Prague New Town Hall, where it will be displayed until mid January. The exhibition will be presented in the main hall, where it will be easily accessible for all the regional politicians and city officers meeting and working in the building as well as the everyday visitors, with the aim to raise their awareness about the presence of foreigners in Prague.

12.12.2019 – Sofia Development Association – the project manager Sevdalina Voynova will give interview about the importance of the local communities in terms of making decisions and integration policy making on Sofia Radio.

18.12.2019 - Centre for Peace – Osijek presents a part of their online campaign „Arhitecture and history“ - presentation of old civilisations from immigrants area through architecture and history. Production of viral material with suitable photo of architectural structure and description with historic info.

18.12.2019 - ETP Slovakia
officially publishes their creative tool “New Neighbor Welcome Kit”. The map serves as a welcome tool for newcomers to Košice and it is nicely designed as a souvernir. It includes public offices, language schools, honorary consulates, minorities’ clubs, NGOs helping with integration and brief history of city communities.

23.12.2019 - Centre for Peace – Osijek
presents a part of their online campaign “Famous immigrants“ - Reminders of famous immigrants and their contributions to their new countries; like Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Production of creative viral materials

On November 26th, the final SIG meeting took place in Prague. The SIG members met for the last time with ICP representatives to summarize the 2 years of the INTEGRA project as well as to evaluate its main achievements and contributions. The participants identified specific developments in the field of integration policy and practice, which has taken place within the duration of the INTEGRA project. This article summarizes some of these achievements and developments.

In terms of the city integration policy, the INTEGRA project findings were considered and included in the updated version of the Action plan of the Prague policy on integration for years 2020-2021. The INTEGRA priorities (such as combating xenophobia and hate speech/crime) will also be included in the new integration policy paper for 2022-2026.

One of the most significant developments regarding integration practice is the introduction of the position of an English-speaking intercultural worker who newly collaborates with the Prague municipal offices (at Prague city hall) to facilitate better communication between the office workers and the migrants who come to use their services. New positions of intercultural and community workers have also started to be introduced at some Prague city districts (for example Prague 7, Prague 13 or Prague 14).

The city has also further developed their city website for foreigners and started a new FB page to reach an even wider audience. Furthermore, some city districts started groups on social media in the mother tongue of the foreigners who live there (for example FB group in Vietnamese, Vkontakte in Russian, etc.) with the aim to raise their awareness about events happening at the specific location and to support their civic engagement. The city has also done considerable steps towards supporting civic engagement of TCN by supporting volunteering opportunities for foreigners. A special roundtable on the topic of volunteering of foreigners took place on the 12th of November as a part of the Regional Advisory Platform. As a result of the roundtable, the city in cooperation with ICP plans to develop a database of volunteering opportunities for foreigners which would be available at and promoted through the city website and FB.

ICP newly developed a material “10 tips on how to communicate with a foreigner” for all those who encounter foreigners in their every-day work (including the municipal employees). SIMI (Association for Integration and Migration), a representative of which was one of the SIG members, is preparing a more comprehensive manual for city officials regarding integration of foreigners (as a part of their project “Cities and Inclusive Strategies”). In September 2019, ICP organised a conference “Through Communication to Integration: International Perspective, Local Context” which focused on the topic of communication with and about migrants and in January 2020, ICP will start a new 3-year long project as a part of AMIF 22 that will focus on raising awareness of the majority society about foreigners and their integration into the Czech society as well as on the topic of disinformation in this thematic area.

All in all, the INTEGRA project has supported the realisation of these and many other important initiatives in the field of integration policy and practice whose impact will last far beyond the duration of the project. At the end of the meeting, the SIG members gave and overall positive evaluation of the project and its activities.

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

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