On the 1st of January, 2017 we have started a community project that focuses on the active integration of third-country nationals to the host society.
Providing the migrants and refugees with their most basic needs (accommodation, means of subsistence) is not the only prerequisite of a successful integration. To preserve good mental health, it is equally important that the foreigners arriving to Hungary get a chance to call this place their home: a chance to get to know the customs and to become an active member of the local community.
In order to achieve this, we offer in this project various group activities and community programs that help integration.
Get to know Budapest Metropolis: a collection of colorful and informative cultural events organized by us, presenting a wide range of programs from sightseeing tours to open air festivals, from museum visits to community events (such as gardening together, family picnic, sport day, etc.). These events allow participants to meet and mingle with members of the majority society. By organizing group activities we hope to provide foreigners with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that are necessary for getting along in the local environment. Good examples of these activities are our Hungarian language classes for women or our preparation classes for the exam on constitutional fundamentals, a general condition for naturalization. Both of these classes are available in form of group classes and private lessons as well. We also provide a platform for applicants where they can boost their chances for a successful exam by exchanging experiences with fellow migrants who already passed it.
In Hungary, the majority society frequently shows a hostile attitude towards the foreigners living here. As one of the main reasons of this attitude is the fear of the unknown, we think it’s very important to start a discourse about migration and the refugee crisis on a personal level.
The activities included in this project will give third-country nationals a voice and many opportunities to show their identity and thus bringing them and the natives closer to each other.
The Migrant’s Voice is a program that increases the visibility of third-country nationals by giving them a platform in community broadcasting and writing their very own blog.
We set the goals of our drama group Integrációs színpad (Stage Integrity) together with the participants.
Essential part of our activities is that participants take on an active role in the planning and organization of the groups and with this, help paving the road to an inclusive community.
The programs included in this project not only support the participating migrants but also give them a chance to meet with members of the host society. We believe that on the long run this is key to fight prejudices and establish a tolerant society.
Our long-term goal is to create a community of socially active migrants whose members are able to act in cooperation with members of the majority society in a supporting, helpful manner; Able to reflect on the social and political reality surrounding their community.