Newsletter N° 28 - July 2013

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Can cities learn to perceive cultural diversity not as a threat but as an opportunity? How can they make diversity work to their advantage? Can the city become the focus of collective identity bridging ethnic and religious identities? In the context of the Intercultural Cities programme several pilot cities will review their policies through the "intercultural lens" and develop intercultural strategies in order to meet the challenges of a world in motion.

 

NEUCHÀTOI 2013: Cultural Interaction To Overcome Cultural Barriers

 

Following its success in 2006 and 2009, NEUCHÀTOI is taking place again in 2013 to promote diversity in public areas and the positive image of a plural society. From April to November 2013, the Association NeuchàToi and the Working Community for the Integration of Foreign Nationals (CTIE) are overseeing the organisation of over sixty events across the canton of Neuchâtel, which are being carried out in partnership with a wide range of private and public partners.

 

Exchanges, cultural or sports encounters, round tables, shows and concerts: NEUCHÀTOI 2013 is a programme of instructive and varied intercultural events, targeted at the entire population of Neuchâtel to encourage fruitful discussions and debate on its heterogeneity while identifying shared values and the feeling of belonging. The main aim of all these events is to improve mutual knowledge and understanding among Swiss people and people from migrant backgrounds and to instil confidence in the whole population so that they can live together while respecting pluralism in a multicultural society that seeks to foster inter-community integration. (more...)

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Copenhagen’s Host Programme facilitates the integration process

 

Copenhagen’s Host Programme seeks to facilitate encounters between newly arrived migrants and Copenhageners who wish to volunteer as hosts. It is coordinated by the city’s Department for Integration and Language which is responsible for administrating the Integration Act in the municipality of Copenhagen. The programme is operated in close collaboration with two local organisations. The “Danish Refugee Council” carries out social activities with newly arrived inhabitants including Danish conversation courses and provides information on the local community, cultural activities and those carried out by local associations. (more...)

 

Mexican Congresswoman Aleida Alavez proposed the first law on interculturality and population at a national level

 

Pluri-culturality and intercultural relations are the basis of all population policy and cannot be separated. Mexico is known for its cultural diversity, integrated by 118 million people of whom there are 64 indigenous towns and speakers of 364 languages which represent 13% of the national population; more than 90 communities of different national origins; one million immigrants; 961 thousand Mexicans living abroad and 19.7 million internal migrants. (more...)

 

Benefiting from the social inclusion of vulnerable groups of Patras’ population

 

Τhe city of Patras, Greece, continues its efforts for the benefit of social inclusion of vulnerable groups of population. The conception and running of programmes and the implementation of projects in this respect is of vital importance. More specifically, the project entitled "Support to Roma of Achaia" aims at the activation of Roma people in the labour market. (more...)

Rotterdam has joined the Intercultural Cities network

 

Further to the expert visit in Rotterdam (September 2012), the City of Rotterdam has now signed the Agreement to join the Intercultural Cities network. On signing Rotterdam has agreed to update the Index and to continue work on its intercultural strategy. This underlines, yet again, the growing recognition of cities to build a stronger empowerment for citizens and to better develop an understanding of the diversity advantage for the business sector, to improve integration and the education sector to name but a few. (more...)

 

ICC: Facebook and Twitter

 

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