One of the most significant developments regarding integration practice is the introduction of the position of an English-speaking intercultural worker who newly collaborates with the Prague municipal offices (at Prague city hall) to facilitate better communication between the office workers and the migrants who come to use their services. New positions of intercultural and community workers have also started to be introduced at some Prague city districts (for example Prague 7, Prague 13 or Prague 14).
The city has also further developed their city website for foreigners and started a new FB page to reach an even wider audience. Furthermore, some city districts started groups on social media in the mother tongue of the foreigners who live there (for example FB group in Vietnamese, Vkontakte in Russian, etc.) with the aim to raise their awareness about events happening at the specific location and to support their civic engagement. The city has also done considerable steps towards supporting civic engagement of TCN by supporting volunteering opportunities for foreigners. A special roundtable on the topic of volunteering of foreigners took place on the 12th of November as a part of the Regional Advisory Platform. As a result of the roundtable, the city in cooperation with ICP plans to develop a database of volunteering opportunities for foreigners which would be available at and promoted through the city website and FB.
ICP newly developed a material “10 tips on how to communicate with a foreigner” for all those who encounter foreigners in their every-day work (including the municipal employees). SIMI (Association for Integration and Migration), a representative of which was one of the SIG members, is preparing a more comprehensive manual for city officials regarding integration of foreigners (as a part of their project “Cities and Inclusive Strategies”). In September 2019, ICP organised a conference “Through Communication to Integration: International Perspective, Local Context” which focused on the topic of communication with and about migrants and in January 2020, ICP will start a new 3-year long project as a part of AMIF 22 that will focus on raising awareness of the majority society about foreigners and their integration into the Czech society as well as on the topic of disinformation in this thematic area.
All in all, the INTEGRA project has supported the realisation of these and many other important initiatives in the field of integration policy and practice whose impact will last far beyond the duration of the project. At the end of the meeting, the SIG members gave and overall positive evaluation of the project and its activities.