The “Center for the support of the integration of foreigners in the Ústí nad Labem region“ project, AMIF/10/04

Project period: 1.9.2016 – 31.8.2019
Place of realisation: Ústí nad Labem Region
Implementer: Counselling Centre for Integration
In association: Diecézní charita Litoměřice
Funded by: The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

The “Center for the support of the integration of foreigners in the Ústí nad Labem region“ project is being implemented by the community multicultural center of the Integration Advisory Office in Ústí nad Labem with the financial support of the National Programme of the Asylum, Immigration and Integration fund and of the budget of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

The goal of the project is to integrate foreigners into all areas of everyday life and improve their position in the Czech Republic. Hence it aims at supporting the self-sufficiency of clients and to contribute to the development of their abilities and skills when handling various situations and when applying their civil rights. The Center for Foreigners at the same time strives to preserve their original cultural and historical identities. The project’s activities support the coexistence of foreigners with the general public, including strengthening of inter-cultural competences, improving public awareness in the area of refugees and foreigners with permanent and long-term residency permits, and positively influencing the xenophobic opinions of some Czech citizens, government employees etc.

The project’s activities notably include social and legal counseling, Czech language courses and socio-cultural courses, lectures for foreigners and the general public, integration activities, information center services, educational and multicultural activities.

The target group of the project consists of citizens of third countries and persons with international protection who legally reside in the Ústí nad Labem region, as well as the local public. The Center for Foreigners focuses its activities on all aspects of the integration of foreigners, both in terms of working with specific clients and in terms of activities which are aimed at affecting the policies and societal atmosphere in the area of refugees and migration.

The contributions of the project include the elimination of barriers preventing successful integration via an individualized, intensive and complex offer of support. The existence of the Center for Foreigners is fundamental from the perspective of the wide range of services offered to foreigners as well as to the general public and its operation in the region allows the coordination of local integration policies and facilitates flexible reactions to the currently rapidly developing needs in this area.