Children’s greeting cards to 900 addresses

Today, migrant children together with children from Subotica made greeting cards in the preschool institution “Nasa radost” in Subotica, on the occasion of the International Migrants Day which is observed on 18 December.

On that day the decorated greeting cards will be sent to 900 addresses across Serbia, which would highlight the fact that there is a large globally growing number of migrants.

Radmila Borozan from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the aim of this creative workshop is for the local and migrant children to socialize, because they often do not get a chance to meet and have joint activities.

“Around 30 children from the preschool institution and around 20 from the Reception Centre are participating. Our aim is to raise public awareness of the position of migrants and their human rights”, she said.

Ms Borozan reminded us that children make up one fourth of around 3,800 migrants in 11 reception centres and five asylum centres in Serbia.

“More than 300 migrant children attend school and around 40 go to kindergartens”, she said.

She added that today’s workshop was organized by the IOM in cooperation with the Commissariat for Refugees, within the EU Support to Municipalities and Cities Hosting Migrants.

Within the creative workshop in Subotica, the Association “Social Perspectives” also presented “silent books” – “Imagination Books” made by migrants in Asylum Centres Bogovadja and Krnjaca.

Marija Savic from the Association “Social Perspectives” said that the books are intended for children under the age of seven and that they develop their creative thinking.

“Out project gathered around 43 migrant women and girls who created fantastic artworks”, said Ms Savic.