Culture, Heritage and Diversity


About Intercultural cities programme


Cities can gain enormously from the entrepreneurship, variety of skills and creativity associated with cultural diversity, provided they adopt policies and practices that facilitate intercultural interaction and inclusion. The Council of Europe has analysed the experience of a range of cities across the continent which are managing diversity as an asset, rather than as a threat.


The collective input of these cities has shaped a unique concept to migrant/minority integration called Intercultural integration. The concept is supported by extensive research evidence and a range of international legal instruments.


The Intercultural cities programme supports cities in reviewing their policies through an intercultural lens and developing comprehensive intercultural strategies to help them manage diversity positively and realise the diversity advantage. The programme proposes a set of analytical and practical tools to help local stakeholders through the various stages of the process.



Interculturalism - what it is about


The origins of the intercultural city concept


Joining Intercultural cities


Normative basis - European standards


Research evidence supporting the Intercultural cities approach


The Outcomes and Impact of the Intercultural Cities Programme 2008-2013