The focus of the activities of the Europe Direct Center Karlovac is on bringing together information on the priorities, policies and fundamental objectives of the European Commission and involving citizens, institutions and other related stakeholders in actively participating in the creation of Europe's future based on the six main priorities. One of the European Commission's priorities that we will focus on this year is "Protecting the European way of life" with a particular focus on "Solid borders and a new approach to migration".
To highlight the importance of this issue, EDIC Karlovac has organized an information workshop "Keeping up with the new security challenges - migration and security". The purpose of the event is to learn about and solve problems and to find ways to embrace cultural diversity, but also to integrate those differences into the European lifestyle, with the aim of encouraging equality, openness, tolerance and breaking prejudices. The event was organized in cooperation with the Karlovac Police Directorate and the JRS - Jesuit Refugee Service Croatia, with participants from the Karlovac County Local and Regional Self-Government Units.
The Ministry of the Interior advocates and implements legal, sustainable and controlled migration in order to protect the security of the citizens of the Republic of Croatia, and police officers carry out daily state border surveillance in accordance with good Schengen practice, the Schengen Borders Code and the positive legal provisions of national legislation. Migration as a security challenge today must be seen in the global context of migration related to armed and political conflicts, international terrorism, drug trafficking, health problems, etc. Given the increased mobility of people and the impact on economic, social, cultural and political processes necessary is the control of the movement of persons across the state border. Therefore, Croatia, as a member of the European Union, has developed cooperation with European and international partners in the control of the external European border. Conditions for entry, movement and stay and work of aliens in the Republic of Croatia are regulated by the Aliens Act, and entry into the Republic of Croatia is allowed only at border crossings, while any entry and movement in the Republic of Croatia outside the official border crossing is considered illegal.
The Karlovac Police Directorate is responsible for 55.5 km of the external and 115.2 km of the European Union internal border, and has been invested in infrastructure, technical and operational capacity over the past period for the security and protection of the state border. Cooperation with FRONTEX (European Border and Coast Guard Agency) has also been developed, especially in the field of training through police exchange, training for participation in international operational actions, human rights, etc. The Croatian Ministry of the Interior primarily protects citizens The Republic of Croatia and other Member States of the European Union, but also protects the rights of all persons found in its territory, in particular taking into account vulnerable groups. Migration is a phenomenon that we will face in the future and which will not disappear, so one of the priority tasks of the police in the future will be focused on maintaining the security and stability of the state border while carrying out legal, sustainable and controlled migration in order to protect the security of all citizens of the Republic of Croatia.
The Jesuit Refugee Service is a non-profit charity whose mission is to monitor, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other displaced persons. The association is part of the network of the international charity Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) founded in 1980. She has been active in Croatia since 1993, taking care of the needs and rights of refugees, displaced persons and other displaced persons who had to flee their place of residence before the war or persecution. Since 2010, we have been particularly dedicated to the needs of persons arriving in Croatia from African or Asian countries as asylum seekers fleeing persecution and war in search of security and protection. JRS Croatia is part of JRS SEE - Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) through continuous activities, Croatian language courses, refugee and employer meetings, support and counseling at the SOL Refugee Integration Center, is putting effort and effort into the process of integrating refugees into the labor market, which has already borne fruit for the benefit of refugees. employers and the local community - and for this work the JRS, as an NGO, does not receive financial support from the system.
Currently, they have 4 projects underway: Education for better integration of asylum seekers funded by the European Social Fund ESF, European Platform of Integration Cities - EPIC funded by the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) Child Friendly space donor to UNICEF and TrAZILica - social inclusion and enhancing the competitiveness of asylum seekers in the labor market in the Republic of Croatia also funded by the European Social Fund ESF.