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BRIDGES - Croatia Refugee Weeks

BRIDGES - Croatia Refugee Weeks

June 20th is the World Refugee Day. A perfect date and for CMS a good and important reason to get the first Croatian project exactly on this day started.

It took a while at the beginning of the project to explore and get to know all communities in Croatia. After the necessary analysis, CMS was more than ready for the first public BRIDGES event in Croatia. The organization of the Refugee Weeks.

June 20th is the World Refugee Day. A perfect date and for CMS a good and important reason to get the first Croatian project exactly on this day started. Since the integration process in Croatia is to be decentralized, municipalities throughout Croatia were involved, including Karlovac, Sisak, Kutina, Slavonski Brod, Split, Zadar, Zagreb, Kuterevo and Je¸evo. The event was organized for a period of two weeks only shortly after the Covid-19 lockdown. Shortly after the Croatian society had gone through a strict lockdown, where most events were organized online and only few live.

The Refugee Weeks were organized in partnership with civil society organizations that are members of the informal network "Coordination for Integration". The Center for Peace Research, as a network member and coordinator, but also as the provider of the BRIDGES project, launched an online campaign with the aim of promoting the integration of refugees through everyday stories. The campaign included stories of refugees living in Croatia who have already found their place in the community. In short videos and a radio jingle, the five refugees Shazad, Melike, Juhana, Yazdan and Bongo told about their life in Croatia, what they do and what is important to them. They touchingly showed that Croatia is a place where living together is kept alive.

The videos were presented on social media and also shown on Croatian national television. In this way the stories of the refugees were brought closer to the Croatian population and BRIDGES was built from one home to another.

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