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Secrets from Diaries of Migrants on the Margin: More Inclusion for Beneficiaries of International Protection (Unofficial translation)

Geographic Area

Slovakia

City

Language

Slovak

Type of Information

  • Project or programme
  • Evaluation
  • Campaign

Organisation

Institute for Public Affairs

Contact Person

Miroslava Hlinčíková Dr. (Login to send email)

Contact Person Function

Research Fellow

Project Start

01/09/2014

Ongoing Project

No

Project End

30/09/2015

Summary

The Project is a reaction to persisting integration barriers and problems beneficiaries of the international protection face in Slovakia. It aims at filling the knowledge gap about the situation of the target group and evaluating both the systematic state integration programs and the social work which is provided to refugees. It also intend to bring refugees and their living conditions in the media in order to raise awareness among the local population during the current refugee crisis in Europe.

Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption

The main idea is to contribute to removing symbolic and system barriers of integration for refugees through:

  • an increased empirical knowledge base;
  • support to legitimacy of migrants rights and needs;
  • recommendations for public policy;
  • increased awareness about migration and heterogeneity of migrants.

The aim was also to initiate and support multicultural dialogue in Slovakia, to contribute to advocacy for refugees’ inclusion into the society, to increase sensitiveness of majority population to refugees situation and to improve their position in the Slovak society which, due to their limited number, is often overlooked. 

How does it work

The research project is an in-depth analysis of the policy and the practical and institutional aspects of the integration programs provided to refugees, as these are the key components of their integration process.

The project consisted of several research activities including a diary written by eight households of beneficiaries of international protection during a period of six months. For the purpose of th research, each household was obliged to write at least once per week all encountered issues related to their integration process, such as social networking, experiences with institutions, work, social and family events, etc. The diaries were combined with ethnographic interviews during those same six months.

The Slovakian integration system and institutions were mainly analysed through interviews. 12 experts from diverse environments (academia, government staff, non-governmental sector, experts, etc.) were in charge. The collected data enabled the assessment of existing measures, services, as well as integration programmes provided to international protection holders in Slovakia, and the formulation of recommendations.

In order to communicate the findings from the project to the  majority population, well-known Slovakian writers (Michal Hvorecký, Zuska Kepplová, Jana Beňová and Marek Vadas) were asked to write fiction novels inspired the anonymised collected diaries. The novels were published in media such as Denník N and SME Daily. The stories were also presented during various public events including World Refugee Day.

Results

Apart from the 4 novels, the promotion and dissemination of the project outcomes included press a conference for the media, presentations in national conferences related to the integration of beneficiaries of international protection and blogs/articles in different magazines:

Academic articles such as Integration of the Beneficiaries of International Protection: Searching for Solutions were also published in Slovak and Czech expert magazines.

Evaluation

The project was evaluated based on the requirements of the donors.

Who will benefit?

Beneficiaries of international protection and the Slovakian society as a whole, given that activities targeting the majority population were intended to bring social cohesion.

Source of funding and Resources used

Most of the project budget (42429,70 €) was funded by EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 and administered by the Open Society Foundation. The project could however also count on 4000 € from the non-governmental organisation VČELÍ DOM and 900 € from the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.