Our new project – Open European Societies

The Institute for Regional Development is presenting the “OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES” project, which aims at fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding as well as to combat the stigmatization of immigrants and refugees. Europe has been experiencing movements of people since its earliest stages and the migration crisis has recently become one of the most debated topics. For this reason we would like to help  the peaceful co-existence of different nations and cultures in the area.

Objectives and aims of the project will be achieved through a research on the migration history of the partners’ cities and countries, transnational and local workshops, study-visits, debates, intercultural dialogue, networking, volunteering activities, campaigning, informal learning, cultural and art activities.

These actions will support the fight against the concepts of terrorism, xenophobia, religious intolerance and discrimination and the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment.

Different generations of migrants will be brought together to foster intercultural and intergenerational dialogue and they will share their stories to raise awareness on the long history of migration in Europe. Local citizens from each partner country will be actively involved in the process, to compare different national points of view and demonstrate the positive and peaceful aspects of co-existence.

The legacy of OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES will be a European transnational network of young activists, emerging leaders in their organizations, communities, municipalities, with ambitions to actively combat stigmatization of “immigrants” and build counter narratives to hate speech. It will foster intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and civic participation of third-country nationals, to continue beyond the life of the project, and to connect to a wider European community.

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Newsletter YOU ARE WELCOME 12/2017

As part of the project with name YOU ARE WELCOME we doing the online information campaign whose aim is not only to inform about the project, but also to inform about migration, integration and refugee crisis.

The first newsletter’s topic (10/2017) was information about project and project activities (Facebook profile, questionnaire survey, seminar, kick-off meeting, etc.) The first bulletin number can be found here.

The second newsletter’s topic (11/2017) was information about migration and refugee crisis in the EU and the Czech Republic and information about seminar YAW in the information centre Europe Direct Bruntál. The second bulletin number can be found here.

The third newsletter’ topic is information about integration and migrants in the Czech Republic, fake news and hoax, World Day of Migrants and Refugees, photos from the second meeting etc.

If you are interested in subscribing to the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us at europe.direct@iregio.org.

The newsletter is also available here.

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Second meeting in the project YOU ARE WELCOME

The 2nd transnational event of the You are Welcome project took place in Thessaloniki, Greece from 24-27 November 2017.

Representatives of the partner organisations from the Czech Republic (Institut pro regionaini rozvoj, o.p.s.), Denmark (othernessproject), Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID), Germany (Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. Memorare Pacem and the Municipality of Dresden), Greece (Addart Addart and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Hungary (Gláser Jakab Emlékalapítvány) and the United Kingdom (Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council) met at the City Hall of Thessaloniki on the 25th of November and discussed first the progress of the project.

In the afternoon, the international workshop “Otherness Dialogue” led by Dr. Rita Júlia Sebestyén was held, based on theatre methods which fostered self-reflection and cultural interaction. In the evening, the public event You ARE Welcome was held at the Museum of the Roman Forum, from 17:00 to 21:00. The organisers of the event, Cofix Dimitris Savvaidis and Milos Jovic from AddArt opened the event with a salutation speech and Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi, Myrele Per, the coordinator of the You are Welcome project (Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V.), welcomed all the guests and spoke about the project and the international event in Thessaloniki.Mrs. Qazi Marzia Babakarkhail spoke about the project and the public event in Arabic, Farsi and Ourdou and welcomed all attendees coming from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Arabian speaking countries. The public event included the photo exhibition “Dreaming of a New Life” by the photographer and film director Morteza Jafari, the illustration exhibition “Human Right – Human Wrong” – an initiative of Addart Addart, a performance by the female vocal group Πλειάδες – Pleiades who sang melodies from different regions in Europe and all over the world, the screening of the film “School on the Move” by Europa Transit and the projection of selected short animation films about Human Rights by AddArt and TAF (Thessaloniki Animation Festival).

In the morning of November 26, representatives met again in the City Hall of Thessaloniki to listen to a lecture by Dr. Rita Júlia Sebestyén and the presentation of AddArt AddArt’s “My Hero” workshop, who worked with refugee children to create superhero comics made up by the children. In the afternoon, representatives visited an organization that helps unaccompanied refugee children and provides them with safe accommodation. At the end of the day, meeting assessment and planning of the next meeting in Budapest took place.

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Newsletter YOU ARE WELCOME 11/2017

As part of the project with name YOU ARE WELCOME we doing the online information campaign whose aim is not only to inform about the project, but also to inform about migration, integration and refugee crisis.

The first newsletter’s topic (10/2017) was information about project and project activities (Facebook profile, questionnaire survey, seminar, kick-off meeting, etc.) The first bulletin number can be found here.

The second newsletter’s topic is information about migration and refugee crisis in the EU and the Czech Republic and information about seminar YAW in the information centre Europe Direct Bruntál.

If you are interested in subscribing to the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us at europe.direct@iregio.org.

The newsletter is also available here.

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Seminar YOU ARE WELCOME and screening of the film “The Crossing”

      

On Friday, 20 October 2017, the Institut pro regionální rozvoj, o.p.s. organized the seminar on Migration, Integration and Refugees.

The content of the event was the presentation of the project YOU ARE WELCOME, presentation on migration, integration and refugees with a focus on the Czech Republic, screening of the film “The Crossing” and discussion.

The seminar took place from 16:00 to 18:00 at the premises of the Information Center Europe Direct Bruntál at the address Dr. E. Beneše 1873/61, 792 01 Bruntál.

The event, attended by 8 people, was realize under the YOU ARE WELCOME project, which aims to reverse the process of stigmatization of migrants, help participating communities overcome stereotypes and create a more accurate picture of migrants and refugees. More about the project here.

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Newsletter YOU ARE WELCOME 10/2017

As part of the project with name YOU ARE WELCOME we doing the online information campaign whose aim is not only to inform about the project, but also to inform about migration, integration and refugee crisis.

The first newsletter number can be found below.

If you are interested in subscribing to the newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us at europe.direct@iregio.org.

The newsletter is also available here.

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Invitation to the seminar YOU ARE WELCOME

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Join us on facebook! YOU ARE WELCOME

Institut pro regionální rozvoj, o.p.s. is participating in the project called

YOU ARE WELCOME.

YOU ARE WELCOME is a collaborative project of 13 partner organisations which endeavours to connect new arrivals, third country nationals residing in the countries involved in this project and native citizens. The partners are committed to support migrant and refugee integration, community development and deconstruct the process of migrant’s stigmatization.

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Kick-off meeting in the project YOU ARE WELCOME

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YOU ARE WELCOME: European Network for Integration of Refugees at Local Level and Combating Hate Speech

Institute for Regional Development, o.p.s. is involved in a project called YOU ARE WELCOME, which is funded by the Europe for Citizens program. The project arose from identification of the dangers of xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination arising in Europe.

The project brings together 10 countries and 13 partners committed to support migrant and refugee integration, community development and promoting evidence–based policy making in the area of migration.

Lead partner: Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. from Germany

Other partners:

  1. Institut pro regionální rozvoj, o.p.s.
  2. Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Germany
  3. Interessengemeinschaft „13. Februar 1945“ e.V., Germany
  4. Glaser Jakab Emlekalapitvany, Hungary
  5. Opstina Kanjiza, Serbia
  6. Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, UK
  7. Dimos Serron, Greece
  8. Otherness project, Denmark
  9. Interkulturelles Zentrum, Austria
  10. Association Civil Centre for Sustainable Development EGRI, Former Yugoslav Republic of Makedonia
  11. Omilos Unesco Serron Ellados, Greece
  12. Institucia Regionalnych Aktivit Novohradu, Slovakia

In the days 7 to 10 April was held kick-off meeting in Dresden, where the individual project partners met, presented the organizations they represent, others familiar with the concept of migration in their country and agreed on the next steps in the project.

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Trainers’ Pack for Youth Workers in Europe (THEY.EA)

As we all know, job searching can be a stressful process, but there is a lot you can learn along the way.

This Trainers’ Pack for Youth Workers in Europe is intended to provide theoretical support and useful tips and tricks for youth workers and for people working in the field of youth and with youth, especially trainers, teachers, careen consultants or counselors and others.

This new resource contains the following chapters:

  • Legal basis for the European Labour Market
  • The available funding (Erasmus+, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, European Voluntary Service and others): how to use the funding effectively?
  • The work mobility in the EU (the EURES network, the rights connected to European citizenship and other aspects): how can the opportunities of the common labor market be used?
  • The recognition of acquired skills and qualifications throughout Europe (ECTS, ECVET, EuroPass, European Qualifications Framework and others):how can these be effectively used?
  • Open Educational Resources (the ones created through past EU funded projects and accessible through the EST database, but not exclusively): where can they be found and used?

This tool was created with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Check it out!

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