Community Dialogue and Socio – Cultural activities to enhance migrant integration and Social Cohesion in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe
11 August 2022 - The International Organisation for Migration in collaboration with the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPro) organised a Community Dialogue and Socio-cultural activities which brought together different stakeholders including, government representatives, Community Focal Points from Zimbabwe and South Africa, Civil Society Organizations from Katlehong, Thokoza and Voslorus (Kathorus Township), Faith Based Organizations, Migrant Associations, UN Agencies, Migrants and Youth Organizations
The purpose of the community dialogue was to engage participants on issues related to migration, including, Social Cohesion, racism, discrimination, migrant integration, violence, and other socio-economic issues affecting the country. The dialogue was combined with a cultural diversity fair which allowed participants to showcase their cultural diversity through exhibitions, music, and dance.
In his opening remarks, The Speaker of the city of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Raymond Dhlamini said that “It is important to remember that people from other African countries come to South Africa seeking refuge, as they left their countries due to conflicts, therefore they should be accommodated and live with them”.
Using socio-cultural activities and dialogue to promote cultural diversity and seek to enhance understanding and finding common grounds between people of different nationalities. As the Chief of Mission for IOM South Africa mentioned that “IOM seeks to assist community to engage in conversations so that they can understand each other and tolerate each other”. In that way, Social Cohesion will be realised.
Part of sharing experience as a migrant in other countries, Ms Portia Modise – former Banyana Banyana captain said “I have been a foreigner while playing soccer in Denmark, I know how it feels to be called names, it was never nice”
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