Newsletter N° 33 - June 2014

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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.


SAFE: School Approaches for Family Empowerment  


A European project headed by the municipality of the City of Reggio Emilia, with the involvement of the Intercultural Centre Mondinsieme, which encourages social integration of foreign families through initiatives that involve local schools with diverse students.


The project, called SAFE, is carried out in partnership with the Italian municipalities of Arezzo and Torino, the City of Lewisham (UK), and the Efus (European Forum on Social Security). It is co-financed by the European Fund for the Integration of non-EU immigrants and the Italian Government.


The project meetings will take place in all the Italian partner cities and in Lewisham (one of the most populated suburbs of London), with study visits to schools and organisations working on the relations between young people and their families. (more...)

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OXLO Business Charter


OXLO Business Charter was launched at the Oslo 2013 Global Mobility Forum, by Hallstein Bjercke, Vice Mayor for Cultural Affairs and Business Development. The Charter creates a forum and a network for collaboration between the city and the business community, making migrants visible as a resource for business and economic growth.   The charter and the seminars of the OXLO Breakfast Club are open to participation from business, universities and colleges, civil society and the public sector. (more...)


Reggio Emilia - a local framework pact for the requalification of the railway station zone


The railway station area in Reggio Emilia was originally conceived as an upper-middle class residential neighbourhood. The bankruptcy of the building firm, as well as the dynamics typical of a railway station zone and the significant migration wave experienced by the city during the 2000s, has brought to a situation that has been described as “a banlieu in the old town centre” (2008). The area covers 3 districts, around 30 streets and 4000 inhabitants, 59% of which were migrants, outstanding percentage if compared to the city average (18,4%). (more...)


Interactive Skills for Refugee Employment Project  

E-resources for refugees are being developed by a partnership under the Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation Fund. The partnership includes Greenhat Interactive (UK), The Integration Centre (Ireland), the Katholische Universitat Eichstaett-Ingoldstadt (Germany), and Nottingham Trent University (UK) as the lead partner. The project is two years in duration and we are now in the final phase. (more...)

Lyon - The "Fabuleuses traversées" of the final year pupils at Jean Giono primary school  

In an effort to find out more about their origins and their present identities, the pupils of a final year class (CM2) at Jean Giono primary school in Lyon put on a show in April 2014, after six months’ preparation in the form of workshops. The show consisted of the projection of pictures and photographs, the reading, recital and singing of texts etc. in what they chose to call "Fabuleuses traversées" (fabulous crossings) – the history of their families and the different stages in their lives. (more...)

Spotlight on Intercultural Tenerife


Tenerife, with an area of 2,034.38 km2 and a population of 898,680 inhabitants (2012), is the largest island of the Canary archipelago.   Due to their geographical location, these Islands have maintained, throughout history, financial and administrative specificities compared with the rest of Spain, reflected in the establishing the Island Councils, Cabildo. (more...)


Lublin (Poland) intercultural action


Lublin’s intercultural policy and activities have been intensified for the past two years and focus mainly on creating a system approach to Lublin's policy towards minorities and foreigners. Based on Lublin's multicultural heritage, but primarily from the experience coming from an increasing number of foreigners choosing our city as a place of temporary or permanent residence as well as many activities undertaken jointly with European partners, the following activities seem to best timely describe "Lublin intercultural action" (more...)


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