With the support of the European Asylum Fund, Integration and Immigration and Cyprus Limassol Municipality continues to implement integration programs aimed at integrating third country nationals (TCNs) in the local community.
The renewal of the Grant Agreement of the project titled “Integration Programs by Local Authorities” was signed today at the offices of the Unit for European Funds, the Head of the Unit Mr. Konstantinos Kyprianou, on behalf of the Responsible Authority and the Municipal Secretary of Limassol Ms. Georgoulla Municipality Leonidas, by the Final Beneficiary.
The overall project objective is to support the integration process of TCNs in Cypriot society, improving social integration ability, cohesion and socialization and prevent social exclusion. Participation of Local Authorities is considered important in the design and implementation of integration policies of immigrants in the host society, both to achieve social cohesion and to prevent social exclusion and marginalization.
The Municipality, being a multicultural city, implements for years TCN integration programs through the utilization of European funds. Effective implementation and absorption of funds was the basis for the design of measures and actions of the work initiated by the current signature. The new project will be implemented by the Final Beneficiary Municipality of Limassol and partners Municipality of Saint Athanasios, Yermasoyia Municipality, Municipality Through Neighborhood, Neighborhood Through the ATC and Opinion & Action Services Ltd.
The renewed agreement, with implementation period of one (1) year and the right of renewal, including, among others, actions aiming at the interaction and information sharing of the local community with TCN through creative and recreational activities, and accepting a sense of development actions and understanding of diversity and tackling racism and discrimination. Cofinanced is also training and education programs aimed at developing the skills that will help both of TCNs in their daily lives and in their personal and professional development, and to overcome any problems they encounter. Social support programs implemented under the project, designed to serve and facilitate the daily lives of children and parents TCN.