On the 19th of December 2018, RiSSC has conducted a roundtable focused on the public discussion about the Rubano City Integration Agenda.
During the meeting, RiSSC researchers have introduced the draft Agenda to representatives of a local parish, of two social cooperatives involved in System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees of Rubano (Cooperative Città Solare and Cooperative Nuovo Villaggio), of the local NGO ARTOPOLIS and of the Local Administration.
The participants suggested to aim the research in order to discover the reasons of the cancellation of many foreigners from the Registry of Rubano.
According to them the culture and mutual knowledge are the main tools to increase the integration of TCNs.
RiSSC researchers have explained the six actions collected thanks to the City Integration Labs and included in the first draft of City Agenda. The participants were agree with them and proposed to include an other one, named “Original Art”. The participants proposed to design a cultural initiative, in the form of an art exhibition showcasing works from the countries of origin of foreign residents of Rubano. The exhibition may have a broad theme guiding the selection of works. The theme should be as broad and common as possible, so as to involve all communities. During the discussion the following themes emerged: motherhood, death, divinities.
RiSSC has included this action in the final draft of the City Integration Agenda.
On Tuesday 11th December at J.J. Strossmayer University, there was a roundtable titled “MIGRANTS AND MINORITIES: OPPORTUNITY, NOT A THREAT”. The discussion focused on the main aspects of good integration practices on the local level: from an asylum seeker to a fellow Croatian citizen. The public discussion involved very important personalities. More specifically, we heard hear from Prince Wale Soniyiki and Twana Rasul about their direct experiences of respectively an asylee and a young man granted with subsidiary protection by Croatian government. In addition to them, in the conversation also participated Tvrtko Barun, actively operating the Jesuit Refugee Service, Sara Kekuš and Cvijeta Senta from the Centre for Peace Studies of Zagreb and, finally, Romano Kristić, Head of the Administrative Department for Social Walfare of the City of Osijek.
The whole event was accompanied by the Photovoice Exhibition. Before and after the talk, participants and visitors enjoyed wonderful pictures describing the experiences, the attitudes and the feelings of the people involved in this part of the project.
The second part of the activity consisted in cooking lessons for students of the Catering and Tourism School of Osijek that was given by Prince Wale Soniyiki. He is a 32-year-old man who, after escaping from Nigeria and having arrived to Croatia, was granted humanitarian protection. Thanks to this grant, he has been able to start living again. He soon became an essential part for the Croatian society: out of his passion for cooking, he reached his dream to run his own business. Now, he is the owner of a successful restaurant in Zagreb and for this reason, he decided to teach teenagers integration through his passion.