CENTRE FOR PEACE OF OSIJEK HOSTED INTEGRA DAY
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.