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.