Social and intercultural skills workshop for refugees

As a part of the project “MENTOintegRation: Mentoring in social and labour market integration of refugees“, this February we have started with the first of three groups of socio-cultural orientation training for persons who have been granted international protection in Croatia, especially to the ones that came to Croatia through the resettlement program. This project is funded by the European Social Fund.

The goal of this project is to improve social integration and integration in the labour market of asylees and migrants in Croatia. Within a package of 10 interesting and interactive workshops beneficiaries will be provided with an opportunity to improve socio-cultural and communication skills with aim to enhance their social inclusion and integration to the labour market. Workshops are led by Sandra Šipka and Darko Blagojević, with Ruba Khouri as interpreter.

We will cover topics that will help asylees in a successful social and labour integration such as: 

  • Communication basics
  • Culture and values
  • Documents, institutions, rights and obligations
  • Health and social protection
  • Social life and leisure
  • Presentation of skills, know-how, and abilities
  • Education
  • Goals
  • Employment
  • Money and finances

The training is designed to acquaint refugees with the society, culture, customs, rights and responsibilities of the Croatians citizens as well as foreigners that live in Croatia. The purpose of these workshops is to help our new residents with getting around and inclusion in the community. The training also aims to develop specific skills and useful knowledge, build support and network among refugees, and sharing experience that will help them in integration.

Overall 30 persons that have been granted asylum or subsidiary protection will be included in this training. Every group will be followed by communication skills workshops in Croatian language, with a goal to enhance the vocabulary and knowledge of Croatian language related to job seeking, conducting ordinary business and getting around in everyday life. That way this population is getting a better chance for integration and inclusion in the life of their new communities.