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Face2face: facilitating dialogue between migrants and European citizens

Face 2 Face project aims to break down negative stereotypes and improve public perception of migrants and the phenomenon of migration in the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain by creating strong and long-lasting basis for interaction and dialogue between migrants and members of receiving communities. Since a large part of the project will take place in 2013, the European Year of Citizenship, the project seeks to bring attention to the wider definition of citizen, meaning a person who is linked to a country by rights, but also by responsibility to the society. With Face 2 Face, partner organisations want to emphasize that migrants are an integral part of European societies.

The most effective way to fight xenophobic attitudes towards migrants is by providing members of the public with concrete facts and tangible personal links with migrants, a fact mentioned in the 7th Common Basic Principle for Integration Policy of EU.

The project involves following activities or outputs:

  • Media trainings for migrants
  • Creating Module Lecture Guide on accurate reporting on migration for journalism professors and students
  • Documentary film on the experience of migration
  • Public events

Partners of the project:

EUThe project Face2face is cofinanced by the EU through the European Integration Fund.

Migration to the Centre

Together with Multicultural Centre Prague and other Central European NGOs, we are working on the project Migration to the Centre. The proposed project reacts to the growing need to monitor and reflect on how acquis communautaire and other EU instruments influence migration and integration policies and practice in the member states in Central European region (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia).

We want to draw the public’s and experts’ attention to the similarities and differences in the implementation of EU legislation in Central European countries. There will be three topics discussed within the 18 months: labour market, family reunion and study and training.

At the same time, as the migration debates in this area often do not include migrants themselves, we would like to support their voices and involve them actively in all the communication. With this aim and with the aim to better inform the host societies, we will be encouraging and supporting migrants in their media production  and communication using social media, via e.g. radio broadcasting, blogging, video production. Moreover,  the project should encourage migration experts in Central European countries to exchange their views on EU legislation’s impact in each of the countries through a specialized website.

EU

This project is co-financed by the EU within the  programme Europe for Citizens.

Domestic workers: Equal opportunities on the threshold of Czech homes

In July 2012, we started working on a new project called „Equal opportunities on the treshold of Czech homes“ together with SIMI (Association for Migration and Integration) and the advertising agency Ogilvy&Mather, which is aimed at a specific migrant group living in the Czech republic – domestic workers. The goal of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of the women migrants and raise public awarreness about this not-so-often discussed topic. An academic research mapping the situation of these women is also part of the project, in order to provide the missing data.

See more details on the website http://pracovnicevdomacnosti.cz/en.


Together with our partners, we are working on the following activities:

1) Legal and social counselling for women migrants, their employers and anyone involved in domestic work.

2) Specialed website containing all relevant information about the topic for domestic workers, their employers, media and the general public, including counselling and useful contacts.

3) Academic research mapping the context of migrant domestic work in order to provide the missing and much needed data. Using questionaries, interwievs and fieldresearch followed by the evalution of the economic impact of migrant domestic work, the research will allow us to open a discussion about expected developement and consequently, about the necessary legal measures.

4) Academic conference with public presentation of the research results

5) Informative campaign in the media which will raise public awarreness about the problem among experts as well as general public.

EU

This project is financed by the EU – European Social Fund – Operational Programme Human Resources and Employment.

MIStra – Migrant Inclusion Strategies in European Cities

In October 2012 we launched our colaboration with seven other European NGO’s and public institutions on a project led by Italian organization Ciofs-FP. MIStra is exploring the mechanisms of integration politics in European metropolises and aims to maximize the effect of the existing good practices of migrant’s and minorities‘ inclusion into the urban space and to initiate the debate among policy makers, society and migrants themselves. To achieve this aim, four cities with existing good practices and four cities in need of tools and know-how were identified – thus Vienna, Berlin, Dublin and Bologna will transfer their experiences to Prague, Taranto, Vidin and Budapest.

Our task is to colaborate on following activities:

  1. Need analysis, which will briefly present the current state of migrants integration in Prague and identify the problematic areas
  2. Study visits in partner cities
  3. Workshops for local policy makers, representatives of migrants organization and everyone involved in the making of integration politics of our capital
  4. Website with all relevant information, which will faciliate the sharing of experiences
  5. Publication of a special toolkit, a kompendium of good integration practices, which will further serve as a tool for local policy makers
  6. Final conference with participation of all partners, policy makers and stakeholders and migrants representatives


The project is financed by the EU – Lifelong Learning Programme

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