Kosice Municipality based on the cooperation with Integra project has developed a special section on their municipal website devoted to providing information and services to TCNs. It intends to serve as an online resource centre for newcomers.
The new section of the Košice City website focuses on migrants living in Košice. It intends to serve as an online resource centre for newcomers. The multicultural City of Košice welcomes the thousands of visitors coming to Košice to see the sights, history, taste local cuisine, culture or sport. However, the statistics show that every year there are more and more foreigners settling down in Košice, who came here to work, study or due to the family or security reasons. They plan to stay in Košice for several years or for longer.
„Either you are foreign worker, entrepreneur, foreign student, foreigner participating in work-based training or in an exchange programme, whether you moved here for family or security reasons, after obtaining the residency you became part of Košice. Welcome to your new home!“
Here you will find information, which will help you find your way around the city. You will learn about the Košice offices and authorities responsible for various legal procedures or organizations promoting the integration of migrants and cohabitation of all people living in the city. You will also get to know about multicultural history of Košice and what the life is like for its minorities and migrants nowadays.“
The new section under in the „City of Košice“ website is the first online centre of its own in Košice region.
It includes several areas: arriving in Košice – facts and figures, Local government for migrants, Local governemt for persons granted international protection, I need to arrange, I need advice,
Cultural integration and Useful Library.
The new web site and the New Neighbor Welcome Kit aim to make the foreigners’ first weeks in the city easier.
Potulka - city walks in Košice organized by ETP Slovakia in partnership with the City Information Centre and hosted by famous local guides Milan Kolcun and Zoltán Balassa presented what traces have various foreigners left in Košice in the past and how they contribute to the development of the city currently.
Fifteen tours were held on 6th, 7th and 8th of December 2019. More than 450 people took part in the walks and got acquainted with people who left their home countries and influenced the city of Kosice and its locals by their business, artwork or thoughts. The walks included visiting many places and buildings, which are famous for its residents.
Only few participants knew that 100 years ago Košice had six Turkish cafés and a shop with overseas/colonial goods. First translation of Quran from Latin into Hungarian was made and printed in Košice in 1831. Even nowadays locals can enjoy Japanese art piece in the city park or a renaissance painting by Italian artist on a house facade in the city centre.
The owners of the Café de Paris - French-Slovak couple invited all participants to taste sweet meringue-based confection – colourful macarons. All Potulka participants received another special gift: the illustrated map of restaurants owned by foreigners living in Košice - Bon appetit Neighbor!