The cooperation of local authorities with schools for the social support of immigrants and refugees has been highlighted by the Limassol Municipality at a press conference on the implementation of the “Limassol City One Worldwide” integration program.
Particularly important was the presence at the news conference of school principals from various parish schools, who emphasized the practical assistance ,provided by the program’s social workers in the integration process and called for enhanced and expanded cooperation with school units.
Participants were welcomed by Limassol Mayor Nikos Nikolaidis, expressing the City of Limassol’s willingness to pursue refugee and immigrant integration programs and support processes for their smoother integration into the host society through multiannual and enhanced integration. The Mayors of Neighbourhood, Germasogeia and Agios Athanasios who are partners in the program, as well as the head of the European Funds Unit Konstantinos Kyprianou, also addressed the greetings.
The beneficiaries of the refugees and immigrants who spoke were referred to the significant assistance they receive from the program’s social workers and school units for their children in dealing with daily problems. More acute, they stressed, remains the housing problem they face, as they said there are no real estate available, rents are too high and they face serious difficulties, even when finding temporary accommodation.
Presentation of the 2019-20 program was made by Haris Trikkis, Chairman of the Limassol Municipality European Affairs Committee, while Christina Tsiabarta, Limassol Social Worker, Marina Leonidas, Social Worker on the Street, and Emergency Street Officer spoke about social support activities. Social Worker for school interventions.
Partner schools with the program are Limassol Elementary, Elementary and Elementary Schools. The conference was coordinated by Christina Konstantinou Zandi, Municipal Service Officer and responsible for European Affairs.