Follow-up to the Integration Forum Prague

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, an event of the SIMI organization for the expert public called the Prague Integration Forum took place in the House of National Minorities in Prague (programme here).

It was the first international meeting of experts in the field of integration of migrants at the local level, organized by SIMI and partners in the project Successful Integration of Migrants in Regions financed by the Erasmus+ programme.

In a panel discussion, foreign guests presented examples from their practice in Belgium, Germany and Slovakia. In the following group discussions, they shared their experiences regarding current needs, challenges and opportunities in mutual exchange with participants from the Czech Republic.

Presentations by foreign guests:

  • Corinne Huybers, Mechelen (Belgium)

Building an inclusive city: the example of Mechelen

  • Katsiaryna Viadziorchyk, AGABY (Germany)

Civic and political participation of migrants in cooperation with local authorities in Bavaria

  • Zuzana Števulová, League for Human Rights (Slovakia)

Lessons and best practices from cooperation with regions and municipalities within the KapaCity project

Materials and possibilities of cooperation:

At the event, we also reminded the participants of the recently created Manual on Local Integration, which is a practical tool to support local governments in the implementation of integration measures.

We also presented the prepared comparative study on the mechanisms of setting integration policies (institutions, competencies and finances) at the national and local level in partner countries and outlined the possibilities for further cooperation within the Czech Republic and with foreign guests.

Interested parties from Czech local governments can participate in the development of their own activities or networks in the field of integration through facilitated integration workshops, or they can take part in a study trip to our partners in Germany or Belgium. In case of your interest, please contact the coordinator Eva Valentová at valentova@migrace.com.

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The Integration Forum event was organized within the project Successful Integration of Migrants in the Regions, co-financed by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships.

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