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In January in Riga a 3-day long Training Forum - "Integration Dialogue" will be held

Ievietots: 22.11.2017

Latvia has become one of the trending hotspot destinations for qualitative education, employment opportunities and a favourable place to do business among nationals of South Asia - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

In order to facilitate, foster and nurture the growing connection between the Baltic States and South Asia - Make Room is launching its regional Northern European representation in Latvia. Make Room, Indian-European Social Change Ecosystem, was independently established following the 13th EU-India Summit held in Brussels in March 2016.

The Indian-European Social Change Ecosystem, Make Room, in collaboration with its regional partners - NGO "Shelter "Safe House"" (NVO "Patvērums "Drošā māja""), European-Asian Chamber of Commerce, Latvian-Indian Advisory Council, Social Innovation Centre, SIA Darbar and Work in Progress are launching a new initiative - Integration Dialogue. Integration Dialogue is a 3-day long Training Forum, gathering some of the most aspiring and socially active individuals, nationals of the South Asia region, who have chosen Latvia as their destination for education, employment or a place to do business.

The Forum is an informal process of dialogue to identify local and national problems faced by South Asian migrants in Latvia, ideate and propose effective interventions, build impact-oriented long-lasting partnerships with local civil-society-led organisations and public authorities and develop a concrete Call for Action tackling the identified issues faced by the migrant communities in Latvia. Through role-play, research, case-studies, field visits, hands-on learning methods, interactions with public authorities and intense team building, participants will enhance skills of advocacy for social change, critical thinking, negotiation, problem solving and cultural intelligence for leadership.

During the Forum, participants will undergo an intense training and in specific focus groups will work to develop:

1. "Call for Action" - to foster and contribute to create more inclusive, efficient integration of South Asian nationals in Latvia. The Call for Action will be introduced to the leading Latvian political parties prior to the next Latvian Parliament elections.

2. Build and nurture impact-oriented partnerships between the migrant communities, public authorities and the private sector, creating an impact-oriented platform for dialogue to foster effective integration of South Asian nationals in Latvia.

3. Develop local and international mobility projects developing interventions solving the identified pressing issues and strengthening migrant community dialogue with public authorities and the private sector.

The Forum is scheduled to take place in Dobele, Latvia from 26th to 28th January 2018. To read more about the initiative, please visit http://makeroomindia.com/integrationdialogue/ or contact miks@makeroomindia.com, www.makeroomindia.com