The Municipality of Limassol presented its holistic contribution for almost 10 years as a coordinator and final beneficiary of the program for integration of Third Country Nationals in the city and province of Limassol.
The presentation took place on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, in the context of a press conference on the occasion of the completion of the current implementation period of the program “Limassol, a city all over the world”, in the presence of all partner municipalities as well as representatives of the migrants themselves.
In his greeting, the Mayor of Limassol, Nikos Nikolaides, underlined the importance of the multi-year implementation of the integration programs in the context of the wider social policy of the Municipality of Limassol.
Limassol has been awarded as the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Capital in 2021 by the Anna Lindh Foundation.
The contribution of the program “Limassol is a city all over the world” is demonstrated by its results. Christina Zanti, the European Programs Officer of the Municipality of Limassol noted: 479 IDPs (immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers) took part and benefited directly from training programs and education, social support and acquaintance with the culture and the local community. Many more received information and attended the program, participating in its public events, locals.
The Municipality of Limassol and its partners, among others, also implemented an anti-rumor campaign, promoting migrants role models and promoting the benefits of multiculturalism and diversity, against stereotypes.
During the 10 years of the implementation of the program, the total amount of funds absorbed by all partners exceed the 1 million euros to support on social work, services and equipment. The head of the European Funds Unit – Ministry of Interior, Konstantinos Kyprianou, expressed his warm satisfaction for the implementation of the “Limassol one city, the whole world” program, as one of the most successful in the field of local integration of TCNs by the local authorities.
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