The labour intensive industrial and agriculture sectors in the V4 have experienced a significant increase in labour migration from Ukraine as well as from other European states. Labour migration (both non-EU and EU) poses a number of challenges for the regulation of labour markets (e.g. undeclared work), particular localities and for migrant workers with little knowledge of their rights (labour exploitation). Whereas labour mobility increasingly reaches transnational aspects, regulatory bodies (labour inspectorates, NGOs, trade unions usually) work mostly at the national levels. In spite of the incentives for more transnational cooperation (e.g. Enforcement of Posting Directive), there has been an insufficient support network in cross-border cases involving “extreme” labour rights violations.
The project will first analyse patterns of labour migration and rights violations of immigrant workers in the V4 with special regard to Ukraine as a sending country. Country-specific reports will fill gaps in providing up-to-date information on labour rights violations and possible remedies, also focusing on the shady role of intermediary practices in recruiting, leading to the exploitation of migrant workers. Second, on the national levels, the project will strengthen incentives for cooperation among labour inspections, NGOs and other actors providing assistance to migrant workers. In Ukraine, the involvement of new actors in the support of migrant workers will be sought. On the international level, the project would create fora for experience sharing of good practices and joint action.
Labour migration from Ukraine into the V4 states has had a growing importance in public debates. Many V4-based employer associations have been calling for migration liberalization to offset the lack of workers. Liberalisation of labour migration for non-EU migration from Ukraine and other countries, however, remains controversial in the V4 states while less so for EU mobility. There is a pressing need for international exchange in order to find regional, socially and legally acceptable solutions, institutionalizing the cooperation and regular exchange of labour inspections and other important actors. There is an interest in such cooperation on the part of V4 labour inspections due to such cases as the posting of temporary Ukrainian workers by Polish companies to Czechia.
The international project Social Inclusion of Learners is aimed at the promotion of inclusive education in several EU countries. The project provides innovative and effective best practices in individualized learning. The role of CVEK is to disseminate the know-how from abroad to stake holders in Slovakia. To achieve this goal CVEK will organize a conference, a seminar for teachers and a round table, where experts from abroad will present their best practices.
The project coordinator is the Austrian organization atempo. Other project partners are the organization Schule im Aufbruch from Germany, RIX Reasearch and Media of the University East London, Gemeente Maastricht – City of Maastricht in Netherlands and Casa Corpului CCD – Didactic Centre by the Ministry of Education in Romania.
Up-to-date information about the project are available also at: https://www.facebook.com/SOILkeyaction3project/
Integration is a multidimensional and long-lasting process that should begin straight after one’s entry to the host country – for asylum seekers and other migrants cultural and social integration is essential. The project seeks to create so called intercultural guide to the life in Slovakia that will make integration of refugees and other migrants easier. The guide will be based on real experiences of migrants living in Slovakia and will be published in several language versions (both printed and online).
The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation NOS/OSF via their program Call for Humanity.
Implementation period: January 2016 – December 2016
Donor: U.S. Embassy Bratislava
The project aims to cultivate public debate and to reduce negative attitudes towards refugees and help municipalities better understand current refugee situation. It also sets out to build capacities of local authorities in these topics by training and further cooperating with local leaders in 7 municipalities in Slovakia. We will hold two intensive workshops for municipality workers and local activists aimed at awareness raising and sensitization to the refugee issues. One will involve participation of a U.S. expert on refugee issues. Aftewards we will hold a public event and a school outreach event in each participating municipality to target broader audience. Whenever possible, all activities will involve active participation of local refugees.
Anchored in human rights paradigm, Everyone should have a chance! project seeks to challenge political and public discourses securitizing and constructing Roma as threats to the majority.
Political discourse feeds on presumptions of causality between Roma ethnicity and certain attributes (e.g. laziness, predisposition to criminal behaviour, etc.) and use them to justify repressive measures in order to score political points. Using social science research and promotion of positive examples of Roma inclusion we aim to debunk the myths of ethnicity being linked with particular behaviours and to propose feasible measures to increase Roma employment. Our advocacy strategy will be based on partnerships with stakeholders that could potentially implement the proposed measures.
For 12 months we will host a Roma Research Fellow who will participate both in research and advocacy segments of the project.
Program to support Roma applicants for the University of Economics in Bratislava
Implementation period: academic year 2015/2016
CVEK in partnership with the University of Economics accept applications to the program You also have a chance! for school year 2015/2016. The aim of the program is to provide equal opportunities for Romani applications in accessing quality university education of economics.
This first university affirmative action program in Slovakia shall contribute to addressing major educational gaps between Romani and non-Romani population.
Deadline for submitting application is December 20, 2015. You can download application here.
More information is available here. Please feel free to contact us at +4212 54630677 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful to the ESET Foundation that will be supporting our program in the school year 2016/2017.