On December 11, 2018, 18 people including professionals, representatives of local government and TCN met at a round table in Košice. They reviewed the draft of the City Integration Agenda, which is being developed by them and other partners under the leadership of ETP Slovakia.
The discussion mainly revolved around the city's competencies towards its inhabitants, touching also on the question who is actually the city's inhabitant. Although some of the city's specific services are intended only for its residents (including TCN with permanent residence), there are many areas where the city provides services to everyone regardless of their reasons for being in the city. Participants agreed that the city of Košice and its representatives should initiate changes and set the vision with regards to the growing number of TCN living in the city.
Roundtable participants gave their final feedback on the proposed Agenda. Within the coming days, the document will be completed and recommended to city representatives for use in planning local policies.
Next week, the Centre for Peace of Osijek will host two activities for INTEGRA project. On Tuesday 11th December at J.J. Strossmayer University, there will be a roundtable titled “MIGRANTS AND MINORITIES: OPPORTUNITIES, NOT THREATS”. The discussion will focus on the main aspects of good integration practices on the local level: from an asylum seeker to a fellow Croatian citizen. The public discussion will involve very important personalities. More specifically, we will be delighted to 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 will also participate Mr. Tvrtko Barun, actively operating in the Jesuit Refugee Service, Ms. Sara Kekuš and Cvijeta Senta of the Centre for Peace Studies of Zagreb and finally Mr. Romano Kristić, Head of the Administrative Department for Social Walfare of the City of Osijek.
The whole event will be accompanied by the Photovoice Exhibition. Before and after the discussion, participants and visitors will be able to enjoy the 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 will consist in cooking lessons for students of the Catering and Tourism School of Osijek and will be 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.