ABOUT THE CONSORTIUM
The Consortium is an umbrella organization that was founded in 2003 in Prague. At present, it brings together 20 non-governmental organizations, which either directly assist migrants or are involved in the integration of foreigners in other ways. Some of our members have been providing legal and social counseling to foreigners for more than two decades, some organize educational and entertaining events that bring together Czechs and foreigners, some of our members are newcomers to the field that bring innovative new approaches to their work.
We facilitate cooperation between our member organizations, as well as train and empower their employees. We advocate on behalf of our member organizations for the improvement of conditions for foreigners in this country and support a functioning diversity in Czech society.
We strive to improve the dialogue between various actors with different approaches to migration-related topics. We envision a confident Czech society ready to integrate migrants in a mutually enriching way without threat to Czech values and citizens. This country has positive experiences for the past quarter century with the integration of migrants as well as strong democratic values that we can build on in the future.
• Integration of foreigners on the local level
• Migrants’ access to healthcare and public health insurance
• Integration of migrants’ children into the Czech education system
• Political rights and participation of settled migrants in Czechia
• Reception and integration of refugees from countries affected by armed conflicts
• Security-related aspects of migration
• Reform of the Common European Asylum System
• Forced migration and developmental aid cooperation
A meeting point – a place for dialogue
Our mission is to provide a place for an exchange of ideas and dialogue both internally – for our member organizations – and externally – relaying the issues important to our members to other stakeholders nationally and internationally.
The Consortium coordinates five working groups, which facilitate the sharing of know-how between member organizations and provide an opportunity to define common goals and look for common solutions. We offer employees of our members professional training and topical seminars, as well as space to promote their work.
We also aim to be a reliable partner for politicians, public officials, educational institutions, academics as well as international NGOs, speaking in one voice (though providing diverse perspectives) that represents our members. We organize debates with various stakeholders, workshops for the state administration, municipalities and regional authorities. We also publish commentaries and analyses on pressing migration-related issues.