A well-functioning coexistence in society which includes foreigners requires not only the openness of its members and the activities of civil society to supporting integration, but also a comprehensive, high-quality, and well thought out integration policy at local, national, and European levels. Its formation should involve not only state institutions but also academia, NGOs and, last but not least, migrants themselves.
How do we do it?
As a non-governmental organization which has been engaged in coexistence and the public image of migrants for over ten years, we are trying to contribute to the creation of integration policies. We perceive our role primarily in linking integration actors from schools over ministries to migrant societies and the non-profit sector—for example; we organize workshops, round tables, and study tours. You can find more about our cooperation with public administration here (link).
As a member of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations Working with Migrants, we engage in advocacy work in the Czech Republic. Among other things, we participated in the establishment of the Migration Manifesto, which is a set of recommendations by NGOs working with migrants to the makers of migration and integration policies. Its vision is a systemic setting of integration which leads to socially just and mutually beneficial co-habitancy between migrants and Czech society.
At the European level, we are members of the PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants), where we share experiences with other organizations from EU Member States and help them relay that information to European and national institutions.
For more information, please contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org