Celebrating Solidarity project launched

IMG 1645The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, with the support of „Europe for Citizens Programme“ of the European Union, started 1st October 2016 the project „Celebrating solidarity“.

Through this project the foundation with the partners from Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Poland and Hungary, which took participation in this programme, will promote philanthropy and examples of solidarity.

Közös nyilatkozatban kéri 22 magyar szervezet a kormányt a menekültválság humánus kezelésére

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Íme a teljes nyilatkozat:

A szemünk előtt zajló menekültválság ma Magyarországon olyan kritikus helyzetet teremt, amelyben kötelességünknek érezzük megszólalni. Alulírottak arra kérjük a magyar kormányt, hogy az alapvető emberiességnek megfelelően kezelje a menekültügy kapcsán kialakult humanitárius válsághelyzetet, és a menekültek kriminalizálása helyett nyújtson valódi segítséget.

PreQual Steps

PreQual Steps

PreQual, a qualification program that was developed and implemented by the migrant women self-organization MAIZ in cooperation with partner organizations in six European countries within the EU-project Leonardo da Vinci. It is a goal oriented approach to address strong disadvantages migrant women are facing within the European vocational training and labour market and to improve the access to this training sector and labour market.

DemNet organized several workshops in which experts in the field of migration as well as labour market specialists and health and care field experts discussed the feasibility and relevance of the proposed draft course concept. The Refugee Reception Centre at Bicske offered a training venue and assisted DemNet in finding women interested in an intercultural training with the goal of entering the labour market. The Centre at Bicske is the refugee camp responsible for carrying out integration programs and providing facilities able to assist persons with confirmed refugee status in their attempts to build a new life in Hungary. This turned out to be successful and 8 women signed up for the intercultural training.

By turning to refugee women expressly, several presumptions and principles of the PreQual Steps project gained extreme relevance and eventually became the empowering tool for these women in their search for personal integrity and intercultural understanding of their new context.

The group dynamic was amazing. The women became a strong self-supporting team and their level of Hungarian was rapidly improving. Meanwhile, they have important ties to the trainers and the support staff.

The project was co-financed by the European Commission Leonardo da Vinci Programme (LLP-LdV/TOI/2007/AT/0009).

Lead partner: MAIZ, Autonmes Zentrum von und für Migrantinnen, Austria

Experiment in Newcomers Integration

With the support of the INTERREG IIIB CADSES all together 10 partners from Italy, Poland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and finally Hungary dedicated their cooperation to implement local level integration projects supporting immigrants and refugees and changing local level development policies. The ENI project realizes its goals through developing local coalitions among different social actors for designing new approaches in regional development activities and by the establishment, reinforcement and capacity building of immigrants' and refugees' organizations. Activities are carried out in Italy, Poland and Hungary in the field of culture and arts, education and small enterprise development including cultural events, leadership training programs, higher educational exchange programs, printed guidelines for policy makers, website building, etc. The project does not want to make any differences between refugees and immigrants participating in the project thus call them Newcomers. The project in Hungary is aimed at strengthening the social integration of newcomers settled in the 8th district of Budapest.

Main activities:

  • All local coalitions have developed their own action plans;
  • DIVERZI FEST was organized with the involvement of local cultural groups and a very special theatre piece was introduced at the botanical garden with amateur immigrant actors in Hungary.
  • Hungarian researchers presented the results of the Hungarian migrant research studying the 8th district of Budapest besides the Polish and Italian research results.
  • A training course led by the LP was realized in Hungary. It was attended by pre-kindergarten workers, teachers and primary school teachers.
  • A comparative research among Poland, Italy and Hungary has been realized. Furthermore country reports have been produced in the Balkan countries involved in the project.
  • In Marche a local governmental meeting tour has been organized in order to make the Hungarian and Polish local governments more committed to the question of migration and to learn about best practices in Italy.

Lead partner:

MAIZ, Autonmes Zentrum von und für Migrantinnen, Austria

Integrated Community Development


In cooperation with the Debrecen Refugee Facility, DemNet initiated the refugee telecottage program in June 1999 with funding from USAID. The Program's goal is to create the opportunity for refugees to access information via the Internet, maintain contact with loved ones around the world through email, and take part in language and computing instruction and other programs. After observing the program's success, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has become the program's main financial supporter from 2000. Under UNHCR funding, the program expanded to include an integrated community development component, through which local partner organizations were recruited to help organize numerous programs (i.e. cultural, gastronomical or handicrafts) for refugees and local residents. Similar programs were launched at the camp in Békéscsaba, where 'Internet-room' was opened in August 2000, and Bicske where the program started in May 2001.

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Internet-rooms at Refugee Reception Centres

DemNet launched this programme in 1999 in co-operation with the Refugee Reception Centre in Debrecen. The idea was taken from the successful telecottage programme: providing public access for refugees and asylum-seekers with access to computers and internet, as well as providing them with technical assistance how to take advantage of information and communication technology. The Internet-room organised computer and language trainings as well as miscellaneous programmes. Due to the success of this initiative, Internet-rooms were opened at the Reception Centres in  Békéscsaba and Bicske, and later at the Hungarian Red Cross Refugee Shelter in Budapest. The project was initially financed by USAID, then UNHCR became the major donor of the programme.

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