Projects

Cities and inclusive strategy

Time: September 1, 2017 – July 31, 2020
Who:SIMI, Partners: Center for Social and Economic Strategies FSV UK, MCP z.s., MPSV, City of Prague, Liberec Region
Financed:the European Union from the European Social Fund under the Operational Programme Employment
Where:Czech Republic
Perex:The project “Cities and inclusive strategy” implemented with EU financial support seeks to assist the state and regions (municipalities) in integrating foreigners. Gradually, regional and municipal institutions are involved in this area, and the project aims to provide local authorities, sufficient knowledge and empirical information to help them set up their policies on integration of foreigners. In particular, it will provide information on what tools are desirable and why, including examples of good practice. At the national level, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is responsible for mapping and assessing what projects and instruments (financial flows, legislation, etc.) have been implemented in this area and with what results, which groups of foreigners are neglected or underestimated in the area of services / projects / needs and what functional innovative solution could be applied in the Czech Republic.
 
ESF OPZ

Study visit to Norway with focus on equal opportunities

Time: March 9, 2017 – May 31, 2017
Who:SIMI, Foundation Open Society Fund Prague, LDO - The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud
Financed:Open Society Fund Prague within the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, funded from Norway Grants - Fund of Bilateral Cooperation
Where:Oslo and Hamar (Norway)
Perex:The project focused on the transfer of Norwegian experience and good practices in the field of equal opportunities to the Czech Republic, specifically in these fields: 1) advocacy for these groups, which are not able to defend themselves; 2) gender maintreaming in municipalities; and 3) gender pay gap, all this with a specific focus on gender in migration realted issues. This happened especially during a study visit of representatives of the Czech NGO SIMI to Norway, the organisation of which was supported by the Foundation OSF Prague and its Norwegian partner Anti-Disrimination Ombud (LDO), and during which they had opportunity to meet with selected local experts and actors involved in the relevant fields of work. The project also entailed an opportunity to foster cooperation between SIMI and its Norwegian partners as well as other actors operating in the field of integration and migration in Norway. The acquired knowledge and experience from Norway has been collected and elaborated in the form of recommendations, which are being further used in SIMI´s research, advocacy and media work at the national and European level.
 
Nadace Open Society Fund Praha Norské fondy

Crossing borders in Prague

Time: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Who:SIMI
Financed:Prague City Council
Where:Prague
Perex:The objective of the project is to develop positive relations between foreigners and Czechs in Prague. Activities include school debates, where pupils will discuss the topic of migration with SIMI experts a guests - foreigners. In addition, we plan cooking courses of specialties from selected countries, which will be lead by the foreigners themselves. And also intercultural meetings, which will be another opportunity for mutual encounters and familiarization of Czechs and foreigners. Part of the project will also be the development of Foodblog SIMI - www.foodblog.migrace.com, www.interkulturnísetkani.cz.
 
Magistrát hl.m. Prahy

Integration Centre Prague VI

Time: July 1, 2016 – June 1, 2019
Who:Integration Centre Prague, Association for Integration and Migration, Counselling Centre for Integration, Inbáze, Organization for Aid to Refugees
Financed:Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund ( AMIF )
Where:Prague
Perex:The target group are foreigners from the Third World countries (CPM) with a special focus on vulnerable groups, newcomers and the majority society. The target group are not foreigners, which have not yet been granted international / subsidiary protection. The project directly builds on the already completed projects ICP I-V. Foreigners from Third World countries, are offered: - legal and social counseling - Czech language courses, courses of socio-cultural orientation - organizing integration activities (intercultural dialogue, active involvement of target groups) - free use of Information Centre (internet, library, open spaces) Furthermore, the project offers: Information Center; Information campaign; Field work; Czech language courses; SKO courses; Legal advice; Social counseling; Monitoring CS; Platform; Integration activities; Workshops for kindergarten; intercultural work.
 
Ministerstvo vnitra ČR AMIF

Crossing borders

Time: November 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018
Who:SIMI
Financed:Crossing Borders project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Structural and Investment Funds under the Operational Programme Prague – Growth Pole of the Czech Republic
Where:Prague
Perex:The project follows two lines - educational and assistance. It aims to raise awareness of primary and secondary school pupils and teachers on migration and involves them in the integration process at the local level, in direct contact with foreigners. It also aims at easing the inclusion of children with a different mother tongue, with the help of the Association of intercultural workers, and equips teachers with the knowledge how to work with these students. Combining educational and assistance activities and in collaboration with primary school Kladská and Gymnasium Evolution the project influences the new generation and contributes to social cohesion. The project will include training for teachers and a series of workshops for students and the possibility to use the assistance of intercultural workers by teachers, students and their parents.
 
Evropský strukturální a investiční fond, OP Praha - pól růstu ČR

Gender in Migration - Trasferring experience from Norway to the Czech Republic

Time: July 15, 2016 – September 30, 2016
Who:SIMI with Norwegian partner SEIF Oslo
Financed:Open Society Fund Prague within the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, funded from Norway Grants - Fund of Bilateral Cooperation
Where:Prague (CZ), Oslo and surroundings (NO)
Perex:The project focuses on the transfer of Norwegian experience and good practices in the field of gender in migration to the Czech Republic. This shall happen especially during a study visit of SIMI representatives to Norway, within which they will meet with selected local experts and actors and participate at an important expert event, the Nordic Migration Conference. The acquired knowledge and experience from Norway will later be used in a seminar on the topic of gender in migration for NGO workers, social services and local authorities in Prague and then within the advocacy activities of SIMI in promoting the rights and improving the position of migrant women residing in the CZ.
 
Nadace Open Society Fund Praha Norské fondy

Through integration against hatred!

Time: August 1, 2016 – January 31, 2018
Who:SIMI
Financed:
Where:Czech Republic
Perex:The project seeks to strengthen and promote legal awareness of foreigners and to facilitate their orientation in the Czech environment. The key activities such as legal and social counseling, supplemented by psycho-social support to the families of migrants from Prague and Central Bohemia Region in contact with institutions and integrating into society. Our advice and assistance focuses on areas that are key to successful integration into the labor market, then the solutions to residential issues and issues related to the procedure of international protection. Psychosocial counseling will focus on support for coping with the traumas they experienced, and problems related to migration and integration into society. If necessary clients will be in their communication secured by services of intercultural workers.

It Is Us

Time: July 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017
Who:SIMI
Financed:Open Society Fund Prague
Where:Czech Republic
Perex:Platform {It Is Us} aims to facilitate rational, evidence-based and impartial discussion not only about immigration, but about all the other issues that so called refugee crisis in Czech society opened. The platform is open to all who wish to participate in this discussion, regardless of their opinion anchor. Among the activities of the platform {It Is Us} belong: information services for the media; website and Facebook page serveing as an online platform for discussion and sharing of information; organizing discussions and public debates in the regions; information and media campaign that tries to answer the question, what does it actually mean {It Is Us}
 
Nadace Open Society Fund Praha

Migrant women among women

Time: March 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017
Who:SIMI
Financed:Office of the Czech Government, programme for equality between women and men
Where:Czech Republic
Perex:The project focuses on migrant women in the Czech Republic as a specific group of vulnerable people, whose status is unequal compared with both women and men from the majority society as well as male migrants. It aims to reduce their vulnerability to eliminate the risk of multiple discrimination, develop public debate about their position and in particular to contribute to the activation of the migrants themselves. Project is based on coherent and concurrent networking, awareness, advocacy and counseling activities.
 
Úřad vlády ČR

Crossing borders

Time: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017
Who:SIMI
Financed:eBay Fundation, Prague City Council
Where:Prague, Central Bohemia Region
Perex:Discussions and workshops in schools and Intercultural meetings for the public are the main activities of this project, which aims to develop positive relations between immigrants and the majority society in the regions of the City of Prague and Central Bohemia. In the framework of discussions and workshops at schools, students meet with guests (foreigners, experts on migration issues or volunteers with experience working with refugees) and will have the opportunity to discuss the topical issue of migration and refugee situation. On the personal stories of guests and their experience students will have the opportunity to reflect on their attitudes and opinions on this topic. The talks will be followed by art workshops. During the Intercultural meeting will have the general public chance to participate in the informal meetings of Czechs and foreigners and openly discuss selected topics. Meetings will take place every month in Prague café. (On Intercultural meetings more to be found at www.interkulturnisetkani.cz)
 
eBay Fundation Magistrát hlavního města Prahy

Integration Centre Prague V

Time: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Who:Integration Centre Prague, Association for Integration and Migration, Counselling Centre for Integration, Inbáze, Organization for Aid to Refugees
Financed:Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund ( AMIF )
Where:Prague
Perex:The target group are foreigners from the Third World countries (CPM) with a special focus on vulnerable groups, newcomers and the majority society. The target group are not foreigners, which have not yet been granted international / subsidiary protection. The one year project directly builds on the already completed projects ICP I-IV. Foreigners from Third World countries, are offered: - legal and social counseling - Czech language courses, courses of socio-cultural orientation and adaptation-integration courses "Welcome to the Czech Republic" - organizing integration activities (intercultural dialogue, active involvement of target groups) - free use of Information Centre (internet, library, open spaces) Furthermore, the project offers: - implementation and enforcement of Concept of Prague on the integration of foreigners (networking, coordination of all actors in the field of integration and support for the NGO sector) - fieldwork (systematic approach and promoting awareness of foreigners) - training, education of students in kindergarten and students in secondary schools - Information campaign (visibility of the project and donors) - monitoring of the situation in Prague (field information)
 
AMIF

I will not be a victim!

Time: May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016
Who:SIMI, in the cooperation with Acorus and Norwegian SEIF
Financed:Project is supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let´s Give (Wo)men a Chance Programm financed from Norway Grants
Where:Czech Republic
Perex:The project is focused on the issue of domestic violence in migrant households. It deals with the specific needs of migrants facing domestic violence. Furthermore, it reflects as well the situations of those who commit domestic violence. Activities of the project will lead to elimination of the violence and minimize its impact. The project consists of 3 actions: a) analytical and conceptual work, b) direct work with a target group, c) preventive and supporting activities. Outputs of the project will be analysis of asylum and migration laws in the context of situation of dependent persons, incl. recommendations; provided legal and social assistance; workshop for assisting organizations; the practical manual with good practices for the work with migrants facing domestic violenceand leaflets for migrants with information what to do in the situation of domestic violence. The project will be coordinated by SIMI in cooperation with the Czech NGO Accorus and the Norwegian NGO SEIF.
 
Nadace Open Society Fund Praha Norské fondy

Intercultural society without barriers. Intercultural workers – a tool for reducing socio-cultural barriers within public institutions

Time: April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Who:SIMI in cooperation with the Association for intercultural work (AIP).
Financed:Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA funds.
Where:Prague
Perex:The aim of the project is to eliminate discriminatory practices against migrants and to advocate for systematic changes in the accessibility of public institutions to migrants through the incorporation of the services of intercultural workers / qualified migrants in selected public institutions in Prague. By doing so, we would like to eliminate social and cultural barriers and discriminatory practices that take place in communication between migrants and public institutions (municipal authorities, financial offices, authorities for social and legal protection of children, pedagogical and psychological counseling centers, hospitals, schools, etc.). The services of intercultural workers will include interpreting, assistance, and counseling for Russian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Arabic, and Chinese-speaking migrants / clients in selected institutions. The existence of these services lead to the strengthening of the rights of migrants and to their empowerment in communication with Czech public institutions. The services can also provide an opt-out from the dependence of many migrants on non-professional services of exploitative commercial intermediaries. At the same time, the project aims to develop the newly-established profession of intercultural workers in cooperation with the Association for intercultural work, an organization which currently represents intercultural workers. Intercultural work in the Czech Republic is performed mostly by people with migrant backgrounds. The development of intercultural work, thus, supports the participation of migrants in public space and strengthens the multicultural environment in the country. The project also aims to influence the majority population, to change the culture of public institutions by supporting greater openness and competence of staff in dealing with migrants.
 
Fond pro NNO

Crossing borders

Time: September 1, 2014 – February 28, 2016
Who:SIMI
Financed:The project is supported by the grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA funds.
Where:Prague, Central Bohemia
Perex:Through this project, which will enable meetings of the Czech public with foreigners of various nationalities and countries of origin, living in Czech Republic, we want to achieve an understanding for different countries and cultures, a greater toleration of majority toward minorities and an elimination of stereotypical views. The meetings will take a form of multicultural themed evenings focusing on diverse countries of origin of our clients. All together we will organize 8 different multicultural evenings in which you can get acquainted with the curiosities, culture, history and customs of selected countries and taste the culinary specialities of the area and also to learn more about the foreigner/lecturer trip to the Czech Republic and the ease and difficulties of life here. The project will also support foreigners through educational and advisory activities. There will be organized courses in computer literacy, communication and presentation skills that will enhance their position in the labour market. Within the expert counselling there will be individual assistance provided to all foreigners, who must fight the violations of their rights and discrimination. The project is supported by the grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA funds. www.eeagrants.org
 
Fond pro NNO

Women at the Sidelines (?)

Time: July 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016
Who:SIMI, FHS UK, University of Bergen
Financed:Project is supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let´s Give (Wo)men a Chance Programm financed from Norway Grants
Where:Czech Republic
Perex:The project focused on migrant women in middle and old age. The aim of the project was to equal their position and strengthen their rights, address the issue of pensions and the reconciliation of family and work, and to determine the degree of integration of these women and compare their status with the majority. It was also important to bring the topic of gender in migration to the public, strengthen the cooperation between responsible entities and to encourage the state to change. SIMI project cooperated with the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague and the University of Bergen, who offered to share best practices from Norway. The main outputs of the project and its activities: sociological research on migrants in the retirement age, a comparative analysis of public policies, free councelling to migrant women and promoting their individual rights, issuing a practical manual for migrants with guidance on dealing with difficult life situations, media coverage of the topic and communication campaign - creation of documentary Women Next Door and blog Without wrinkles, advocacy and lobbying. The results of the project, the research and proposed solutions were presented at the final conference of the project 8. 6. 2016 and are also presented in a publication. More information and links to individual project outputs are listed on our website in the section Integration.
 
Nadace Open Society Fund Praha Norské fondy

Together for Foreigners

Time: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Who:Association for Integration and Migration
Financed:Ministry of the Interior
Where:Prague
Perex:This project is aimed at development of a voluntary work at The Association for Integration and Migration. The voluntary help is essential for our association. The volunteers give an individual assistance to our clients (foreigners) during the process of integration into the society, help them practise Czech language, help us edit web site, with text summaries and reserches, monitor the human rights situation or help with the educational and cultural events in which SIMI participates during the whole year.
 
Ministerstvo vnitra ČR

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