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Intercultural work in the municipality

Nominated 2021

Country: Czech Republic

Region: South Moravian Region

Sector: Public administration

Fields of action: Interculturality, Community development, Migration

Project owner: Statutární město Brno/Statutory City of Brno

Responsible person: Mgr. Lenka Šafránková Pavlíčková

Website: Weblink

Challenge

More than 36,000 migrants live in the city of Brno. Migrants, city authorities, and residents interact with each other more than ever, yet cultural and language differences make communication difficult. There is also a lack of support for migrants and public institutions — such as city services, medical centres, schools, social services — which can lead to conflicts.

Idea

The city of Brno employs intercultural workers who speak and work in different languages. Services such as interpreting, translation, and counselling are needed by migrants and public institutions adapting to the city’s changing urban environment.

Actors

Intercultural work in the municipality (“Interkulturní práce v samosprávě”) works with migrants and public institutions in Brno. Migrants hold active roles as agents of innovation. Migrants familiar with life in Brno are trained and work as intercultural workers in municipal public institutions.

Impact

The programme provides practical guidance to help public institutions cope with the growing number of migrants in Brno. The intercultural teams can quickly identify and resolve problems in time and find solutions. This leads to mutual understanding and reduces conflicts based on stereotypes.

Transfer

This programme has great potential to be applied in other cities because it targets the essence and practices of how integration takes place in everyday life. The programme maps everyone’s needs – migrants, city residents, and municipal public institutions – to respond to the needs of migrants and the city with understanding.