Integrating migrants through culinary experiences

AuthorDirectorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (European Commission)
© Taste of Home, 2014
Taste of Home cookbook cover
Problem addressed
Refugees face several challenges in integrating into their
destination countries. In Croatia, in 2014 only 7.5% of
those granted refugee status did not depend on state
welfare and were employed in some way. Newcomers’
slow social integration is linked to a range of societal
prejudices and stereotypes as well as a lack of access to
adequate support services.
Innovative solution
Food, gastronomy and dining play a central role in Croatian
culture. The Centre for Peace Studies (CPS), a Croatian NGO,
aimed to use this to break down negative stereotypes of
refugees and migrants in Croatia. In 2014, it published the
Taste of Home cookbook, sharing personal and culinary stories
of refugees. Culinary workshops and public presentations
were organised in Croatian cities with refugee shelters. A
media campaign, ‘If we accepted food, why wouldn’t we
embrace people, too?’ was launched with the aim of reaching
out to the Croatian public and promoting universal messages
of tolerance and respect. In conjunction with the media
campaign, the story of Taste of Home was presented in an
ethnographic documentary (Okus doma, 2016).
Following the success of the cookbook initiative, Taste
of Home was established as a social enterprise in 2016.
It of‌fered catering services prepared by refugees and
migrants, providing them with a source of income to
become f‌inancially independent.
Integrating migrants through
culinary experiences
Taste of home (Okus Doma)

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