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Integration of Migrant Families with Sunday Lunch

 

Are you a migrant family living in Slovakia and interested to learn more about the country which you live in? You can meet with a Slovak family that will help you to become acquainted with the life and customs of people living in Slovakia. It will be a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, find new friends among them and learn more about each other’s culture, customs, and cuisine.Join the family meetings of Slovak and migrant families that will meet at a shared lunches on Sunday, 18 November 2012 at 1 p.m.!

In total, 20 family meetings of migrant and Slovak families will take place; each meeting including one Slovak family, one migrant family and an assistant helping with the meeting.

Who can participate?

The project is open to Slovak families and families of third-country nationals legally residing in Slovakia (nationals of countries outside the European Union).

The meetings shall be attended by a couple - a husband and a wife, a mother and child/children, grandparents, partners or spouses – not individuals.

Are you interesting in how does such a meeting function?

You are invited to fill out the application form with data containing your contacts, information on all family members wishing to attend a meeting, profession, citizenship, nationality, hobbies and interests and languages you usually speak. This information will help us to find and match your family with an other one. After completing your application you will be contacted by a project assistant who will get in touch with you, will be at your disposal might you have any questions, informing you on whom your family are going to meet at the lunch, arranging,  and being present at the meeting itself. and will coordinate the meeting as well as help the families in case of a language barrier.

See the Family Next Door movie, produced by NGO Word 21 in 2005, with meetings between Czech families and migrant families:

http://youtu.be/IafK_HB-CJA

Would you like to join?

If you and someone from your family are interested to take part in this project, fill out the online application on the website:

www.nextdoorfamily.eu/sl/index.php/en/on-line-prihlaska

and our project team will contact you soon.

Why do we do it?

We believe that personal contact and new experience can be the best way to overcome stereotypes and to become open to new cultures, customs, and people. It will be a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, get to know their life stories and become acquainted with each other, learn more about each other’s culture, customs, and cuisine, obtain some interesting experience or to make new acquaintances in your neighbourhood.

The Slovak family can take advantage of the feeling of being indirectly behind the borders of their country and at the same time help the foreigners to understand Slovakia so that their life here can be better. The migrant family can learn more about the country they live in, about the life and customs of people living in Slovakia. One short meeting can thus lead to a long-time acquaintance.

Contact us in case of your questions:

For more information on family meetings please do contact the family meetins coordinator: Michal Milla, phone: 02 – 5262 3338, e-mail: mmilla@iom.int .

About the Next Door Family project

For several years this project has been successfully implemented in the Czech Republic by NGO Word 21. This year, the family meetings will be carried out at the international level within the project Next Door Family EU – Inclusive Neighborhoods in seven countries including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Slovakia and Spain. Thence on one day (Sunday, 18 November 2012, at 1 p.m.) 420 foreign and local families are going to enjoy shared lunches at various locations in Europe!

The coordinator of the project at the international level is NGO Word 21. The project and family meetings in Slovakia are organized by IOM International Organization for Migration, Grösslingová 4, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia.

5 Comments for “Integration of Migrant Families with Sunday Lunch”

  1. and I think

    …. what is wrong with the idea…. nice to see that Slovak society, is opening its mind to foreigners of different colours and dress codes judging by the poster at least ,o) …. can not imagine it would have occurred 15 years ago…. if is a farce that is a shame but if it is a real attempt to offer a chance of integration great…. maybe George M could go and write about it objectively!

  2. EXPAT

    Georgie Porgie,
    Suppose you will be attending with your family? You should have a good face to face with the other part of the country that you clearly don’t understand. Oh yeah, only non-EU members can attend!
    Give it up! Your remarks about Slovakians is just showing how you have not come to accept you don’t get what you want everywhere you go! You should be banned from any postings, as you never have anything to add, only jump on the opportunity to twist everything a person may post.
    I would like to see if this actually happens. I believe that Slovakia is no different than any European country. It is the small villages that need the education on how everyone else lives and that Slovakia has moved forward.

    • George M

      I bet you were bullied at School Cowpat as the class sneek…sadly the scars run deep . No wonder you enjoy your dear wife telling you what to do ?

      Why do Slowvaks have to whine and moan, everyone is against poor me?Between you and Loghead, I just really cannot choose who is worse bleater ?

      ~~~ I believe that Slovakia is no different than any European country. ~~~

      What like Germany …were people work hard, long hours have a standard of pride in living in smart villages , France that has fine clean beaches, service culture and fine renovated buildings or Denmark, Sweden or Norway ….high standard of living and Social care

      ~~~It is the small villages that need the education on how everyone else lives and that Slovakia has moved forward.~~~~

      Bratislava , then the rest is little villages, with village minds and have never moved on .

      • Losgar

        Now lets everybody pray for our brother George that he regains his mental health and recovers his brain cells lost. Please pray to help him to accept his place in this world as a shoe polisher:

        “Hail Marry……”

  3. George M

    So we can expect as personal contact and new experience can be the best way to overcome stereotypes, and swapping life stories and become acquainted with each other, to learn more about each other’s culture, customs, cuisine, and obtain some interesting experience, or to make new acquaintances…..That Roma Parents and their children who perhaps are currently pupils at the primary “special school” in Pavlovce nad Uhom, eastern Slovakia, will be asked to attend the lunch ?

    I would hate to think any Aryan middle class J&T/Tatrabank/KDH person, getting a free meal and giving the stereotype impression to the migrant family, that they are a true representation of the Slowvak nation .

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