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Life across Cultures – Competition for the Best School Project

In 2016 the Prague City Hall and the Varieties of the Society education programme of the People in Need organisation launched a competition of school projects for pupils of primary schools in Prague called “Life across Cultures”.

The competition is intended for school teams from Prague primary schools. To take part in the competition, each team has to make a video or a (photo)blog, organise an exhibition or other public event or create a social networking campaign (project).

To enter the competition, send an email to soutez.varianty@clovekvtisni.cz. More information in Czech is available here.

 

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International Conference on Integration of Foreigners in the City of Prague (sharing examples of good practice)

On 8th – 9th June 2017 international experts together with their Czech colleagues discussed their experiences of integration and cohabitation in European cities at the Clam-Gallase palace. The conference, called “Challenges of Integration – International Conference on the Integration of Foreigners in the City of Prague; Sharing Examples of Good Practice”, was organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in cooperation with the Prague Integration Centre and the Slovo 21 organisation. The conference was held under the auspices of the Prague City councillor Jan Wolf. It was attended by more than a hundred representatives of state administration, local city governments, city districts, integration centres, NGOs, and organisations which unite migrants.

More information about the conference is available in News.

 

Analysis of the Status of Migrants in the City of Prague

Carrying out a comprehensive analysis was one of the priorities set out in the Policy for Integration of Foreign Nationals (2014–2017) within the development of the work of entities dealing with integration of migrants and providing high-quality services available to all migrants. The reason was a complete absence of quality and accessible data related to the city of Prague.

The city of Prague is located over a large area and it is impossible to generalise the proportion of migrants who live or work there. In some areas of Prague there is a high percentage of migrants, in others the numbers are completely different. What also differs is their socio-economic status.

The objective of the Analysis of the Status of Migrants in the City of Prague, which was carried out in autumn 2017, was to provide a comprehensive description of the overall situation of migrants living in Prague. It focused on the description of the situation of migrants, the mutual interaction between migrants and the majority society and their participation in the public space of the city (participation in civic and community activities), identification of current/acute needs and problems of migrants and integration barriers.

The main part of the research was an extensive questionnaire survey carried out with migrants who have been living in Prague on a long-term basis. In the end, 1,149 migrants from 54 countries of the world participated in the survey, which is more than the authors of the study had planned.

The overall findings of the research are quite satisfactory: most migrants have a positive experience with the Czech education system, they are aware of the range of services available to migrants, they are well-informed about their rights and responsibilities related to their life in the Czech capital and they are satisfied with living here. However, the research has also identified several risk aspects, such as the economic situation of migrants. A quarter to a third of respondents said that they found it difficult to pay for basic necessities such as food and housing. The reason for this is that a lot of migrants have low-skilled jobs where the working conditions are demanding and the pay is not high. Another negative finding was that a section of the respondents stated that the majority society was not very friendly towards them.

The research on the status of migrants living in Prague represents the first step in the analytical assessment of the situation. Now it will be possible to look into other specific areas, such as the migrants’ experience with education systems or social services. It is necessary to look into these issues so that the Prague City Hall acquires relevant data and is able to carry out the integration policy in the capital efficiently.

Based on a small-scale public contract, the Analysis of the Status of Migrants in the City of Prague will be carried out by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (resolution of the Prague City Council No. 1961 of 16th August 2016) and the final results are available here.