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 “Limassol One City, The Whole World” integration program. Particularly important was the presence of school principals from various parishes of the city, who emphasized on the practical assistance provided by the program’s social workers in the integration process and called for an enhancement and expansion of the cooperation with the school units.
Participants were welcomed by Limassol Mayor Mr. Nicos Nicolaides, who expressed the Municipality’s willingness to continue the refugee and immigrant integration programs and furthermore support processes for their smoother integration into a hosting culture through perennial and enhanced actions from the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Greetings were also addressed by the Mayors of Mesa Geitonia, Germasogeia and Agios Athanasios who are partners in the program, as well as the head of the European Funds Unit, Konstantinos Kyprianou,.
The benefitted refugees and immigrants who spoke, referred to the significant assistance they receive from the program’s social workers and school units for their children in dealing with daily problems. They highlighted that the housing problem they face remains acute, as they said there are no real estate available, rents are too high and they encounter 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 Street Interventions and Valentina Kyriakou, Social Worker for School Interventions, spoke of the social support actions.
The program is partnered with three primary schools of Limassol: The 4th, the 6th and the 7th. The Press Conference coordination was conducted by Christina Constantinou Zanti, Worker of Municipal Service and responsible for European Affairs.
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