On 23rd and 24th of November 2018, Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights held two-day workshop named City Integration Lab, within the project „Integration of the 3rd country nationals through Urban Partnerships - INTEGRA“.
During the workshop, we identified the main integration challenges, goals that have to be fulfilled, actions and measures that need to be enacted and what resources are needed to fulfill the set goals.
Using the SWOT analysis, we defined key characteristics of the City of Osijek and identified strategic factors that can be of importance in local integration.
Defined area's of integration of migrants on a local area are education, health care and social welfare, employement and housing, local capacities, security and raising citizens' awareness.
Workshop was attended by representatives of police, City of Osijek, Croatian employement service, ombudsman, Red Cross, Volunteer Centre Osijek, Centre for Peace Studies, Centre for missing and abused childred, Breza Assosiation, Dokkica, Nansen dialogue centre, Centre for culture of dialogue and Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek.
The workshop was moderated by Goranka Lalić Novak, Ph.D. and Teo Giljević, Ph.D., assistant professors on Chair of Administrative Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb.
Sofia Development Association organized a roundtable on the integration of third country nationals in Sofia on November 23, 2018. The INTEGRA team presented three most plausible forecast scenarios for the in-migration of third country nationals and the challenges Sofia faces in the short term related to foreigners’ integration in the labor market, in the economic, cultural and social sphere. Together with the roundtable participants – representatives of Sofia Municipal Council and Sofia Municipality, experts with public institutions, employer organizations, international organizations, NGOs in the area of refugee and migrant integration and human rights, Sofia University, third country nationals – we discussed recommendations for local policies and measures. Among the recommendations are the creating a program for entrepreneurship, trainings sponsored by employers, creating a center for complex services for third country nationals, effective use of Sofia Municipality funding programmes, establishing mechanisms for collecting and analyzing relevant data.
The results of the roundtable discussions will be included in Sofia Integration Agenda that will be published in December and will be the basis of the upcoming advocacy and awareness raising campaign.