Job-seeking workshops for immigrant employment support

How to recognize our skills and abilities? How to present it to a potential employer? How to answer questions during a job interview? These were some of the topics of our job-seeking and employment trainings within project ALMIT - Acceleration Of Labor Market Integration Of Immigrants Through Mapping Of Skills And Trainings.

World Refugee Day

"In 2020, the covid 19 pandemic and anti-racism protests have shown us why we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. "

The fourth meeting of the National Advisory Board

The fourth meeting of the National Advisory Board within the project ALMIT - Acceleration Of Labour Market Integration Of Immigrants Through Mapping Of Skills And Trainings was held on June 11 in Šid.

How refugees and immigrants live in Serbia?

Have you ever wondered how migrants actually live in Serbia? We often hear why they left their countries, but have you ever had the opportunity to talk to a immigrant from the Middle East or Africa? We are aware that the fear of the unknown can lead us to a negative attitude. However, is that fear justified and can we do something about it?

Syrian Women and the Refugee Crisis: Surviving the Conflict, Building Peace, and Taking New Gender Roles

Women are deliberately excluded from formal peace negotiations. Work done for the reconstruction of conflict ridden societies, fail to
recognize with women’s realities and needs. Despite that, women have remained influential at the grassroots level in peace-building and rehabilitation.

Children of the crisis: ethnographic perspectives on unaccompanied refugee youth in and en route to Europe

In the summer months of 2015 , when people across Europe were coming to terms with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees, journalists and political commentators were quick to label the momentary breakdown of long-established European strategies of deterrence against migrants and refugees as a ‘crisis’.

Starting new life in Serbia - Why education matters?

"I took the Serbian name Stefan and now everyone calls me that, even friends who came here as refugees," says Dilsad * with a twinkle in his eye and in fluent Serbian.

[Coronavirus pandemic and immigrants] - The COVID-19 pandemic can teach us compassion for migrants and refugees

We should keep this in mind when we commit not to leave anyone behind. Migrants – like homeless people, women and children in abusive households, people in detention, and others – face greater risks during this crisis. By showing how much our societies rely on what is considered “low skilled” work, of which a good deal is carried out by migrants, this crisis should prompt us to reassess how we want to govern mobility going forward, once restrictions are eased.

Migration and the 2030 Agenda

The range of sustainable development issues that are covered by the Goals – poverty and hunger, health, education, gender equality, climate change and others – cannot be overcome without due consideration of migration. With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals, we have an unmissable opportunity to empower migrants to fulfill their development potential, which can, in turn, have positive ripple effects for communities locally, regionally, and globally. By following a family’s migratory journey, these linkages are brought to life. See more on: Source: IOM - UN Migration

[Coronavirus pandemic and immigrants] - Challenges for Arab World

As COVID-19 restrictions ravage livelihoods in the global economy, refugees and displaced people in Middle East and North Africa are among the hardest hit.

[Coronavirus pandemic and immigrants] - Solidarity in the same fight

Sonja Hajdari from Afghanistan has been in Vranje for many years. She thought she would try her luck this spring to move on with her family, but the corona virus thwarted their plan. Now she is happy that she has stayed, though, because she feels safe at the Center.

[Coronavirus pandemic and immigrants] - The crisis without an end

"The fact is, the COVID-19 pandemic will pass and we will return to the normal life. However, it is necessary to wonder what will happen to those people who are long out of "normal life". Will we face discrimination and become more solidary than we have been before?"

[Coronavirus pandemic and immigrants] - Solution of Portuguese Government

All foreigners in Portugal with pending applications will be treated as permanent residents from Monday until at least July 1, , to ensure migrants have access to public services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Applicants including asylum seekers need only provide evidence of an ongoing request to qualify - granting them access to the national health service, welfare benefits, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts.

What does the beginning of a new life in Serbia look like?

Karox was 15 when he fled to Europe on foot - he was by himself. After years of going from one country to the next, he was eventually granted asylum in Serbia. He's found a job and feels good about his new life.More information:

The First Job Seeking and Employment Workshops

Immigrants in Serbia face many challenges when it comes to employment. One of the most important aspects is adequate informing about required documents for employment, and another issue is how to prepare for a job interview.

Career guidance and counselling training for ALMIT facilitators

Empowering migrants to enter the EU labor market is a difficult and challenging process characterized by diverse and often uncertain socio-economic, socio-political and cultural differences and barriers. Throughout their process of adapting to a different culture, career guidance and counseling skills can serve as a useful tool for more effective coping, adaptation and understanding of social opportunities and integration into the job market.

Third year of ALMIT - Lessons learned

Many European countries have been affected by the migrant crisis and and they tried to find appropriate mechanisms to support migrant population. Education is recognized as one of the most important mechanisms in the integration process, contributing to improving not only knowledge and skills but also quality of life, and employability improvment. ALMIT - Acceleration Of Labor Market Integration Of Immigrants Through Mapping Of Skills And Trainings aims to find ways to facilitate the integration of migrants into the labor market, and in the 2019, dozens of trainings and trainings were designed and piloted in the field of Serbian language, civic education and intercultural learning. The project is being implemented from January 2018 to June 2020 in four countries - Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Austria. The third partner meeting of the ALMIT project was held in Duzce, Turkey on 20-21of January, 2020, attended by representatives of the University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Zgura-M Ltd (Bulgaria), the Austrian Youth Workers Movement - ÖJAB (Austria), Municipality of Sid (Serbia), Philanthropy (Serbia), Düzce Governorship (Turkey) Düzce İl Milli Eğitim Müdürlüğü (Turkey) and Belgrade Open School. During the meeting, the results of the work of all partners were presented.   In addition, partners presented plans for the implementation of implementation of Work Package 5 - Counseling on Settlement and Job Search and future project activities. 

New Year's celebration for children in Šid

Cultural and Educational Center Sid organized on 31.12.2019. New Year's celebration for children. The young people from the reception center in Sid also took part in this event, presenting their handicrafts which they donated to the citizens present. Project ALMIT - Acceleration Of Labor Market Integration Of Immigrants Through Mapping Of Skills And Trainings was also presented on this occasion.

Gaining New Knowledge to Reduce Discrimination

Representatives of the Belgrade Open School and Philanthropy presented the lecture about discrimination to the students of Rifat Burdžović Tršo Elementary School in Tutin and shared their experiences of working with the migrant population. On behalf of the project team, Ivan Topalovic presented the mechanisms of discrimination and explained why it is important to meet new people and cultures throughout our lives, and how this can enrich our lives. Zineta Sadiković and Anisa Mecinović, professors of the Serbian language, who provide educational programs within the ALMIT project, explained who are their students and how they learn the Serbian language, what the classes look like in the asylum camp and how they overcome the cultural and linguistic barriers. ALMIT - Acceleration Of Labor Market Integration Of Immigrants Through Mapping Of Skills And Trainings project aims to find ways to facilitate the integration of migrants into the labor market, and it is funded by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). Partners in Serbia are Belgrade Open School (BOS), Philanthropy, and Municipality of Sid.

What you need to know about Congo and Burundi?

When was the last time you learned something new about another country without visiting it? Do you know how similar your culture is to another culture? How similar are Congo, Serbia, and Burundi? These are some of the questions we have tried to answer together.