City of Prague and UNICEF partnership provides support to 50,000 refugees and citizens

06 June 2024

A partnership between the City of Prague and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided support to more than 50,000 people in critical areas of education, health, child and social protection since its launch in autumn 2022. 

Centered on the needs of children, the programme has strengthened access to essential services and promoted inclusion and peace across refugee and their host communities. The partnership has been an essential part of creating an environment for refugees to rebuild their lives with dignity. 

"We consider a long-term assistance to Ukrainian refugees to be crucial and supporting the tens of thousands of children and adolescents who have found safety here has been an important task for Prague. Thanks to our partnership with UNICEF, we have been able to implement a quality system of child protection that has enabled refugee children to integrate into Czech society while living in a safe family environment. Successful inclusion is a major benefit not only for Ukrainians, but also for the people of Prague," highlights the benefits of the partnership Bohuslav Svoboda, Mayor of Prague. 

Through the initiative, over 6,400 refugee children were supported to return to learning and more than 1,300 refugee children and caregivers were secured access to critical health services. Intercultural training and skills building were provided to teachers, health care professionals, psychologists and other child protection specialists so that refugee children and their families could receive specialized support based on their situation. Mobile teams of social and intercultural workers were established to reach the most vulnerable refugees and connect them to education, health, and other protection services. 

"The partnership, lasting nearly two years, has been unique in terms of the wide support for refugees. Based on needs that we identified, all stakeholders came together to support Prague's efforts to integrate refugees from Ukraine. The involvement of civil society organizations expanded by the grant scheme aimed to support Ukrainian refugees and develop social cohesion was crucial to the success of the project.” said Councillor Jiří Pospíšil. "62 Civil Society Organizations and City Districts were supported with special grants to expand activities which promoted social cohesion and inclusion of refugee youth from Ukraine, reaching more than 18,900 people with different programmes.“ 

“UNICEF is proud to have partnered with the Municipality of Prague and the results we achieved together with so many civil society organizations. I welcome Prague’s decision to sustain the dedicated staff capacities and funding support to civil society organizations under Prague’s budget going forward. This programme is vital to address the ongoing needs of the most vulnerable refugees while fostering social cohesion with the host community”, said Yulia Oleinik, Head of the UNICEF Refugee Response Office in the Czech Republic.

Building on these results, the City of Prague is committed to sustaining and continuing support to refugees from Ukraine through a new grant scheme launched in 2024 for Civil Society Organizations. Efforts will continue to sustain and strengthen coordination at regional level to ensure that the most vulnerable refugees are supported and are connected with critical services. 

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