Newsletter N° 16 - September 2011

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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.

Ireland: Health Service Executive Intercultural Guide

The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland has responsibility for the provision of health and social services to the population. This is achieved by delivering services directly, or in partnership with a range of organisations funded by the HSE.

Census 2006 confirmed the unprecedented increase in diversity of the population in Ireland, with more than 10% of the total 4.2 million population born outside the country. Migration was a dominant factor in the unprecedented increase in population. This broadening of diversity demanded an integrated response to the unique health and care needs of the growing communities of migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, foreign students, Roma, and members of new and established minority ethnic communities.

This was in addition to the importance of addressing the health needs of members of the Irish Travelling community, which is a distinct group with its own cultural and ethnic heritage. (more...)

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The reality is diverse – the policy is intercultural

based on an article by Anna Mee Allerslev, Mayor of employment and integration in Copenhagen (photo) published in "Weekendavisen" in Danish. Translation from Danish: Karen Overgaard


My policy is intercultural, not multicultural, and the difference is essential.


In Copenhagen 1 in 3 pupils and 1 in 4 employees are of a minority background.


Multiculturalism as an ideology contains privileges, special arrangements and special forums for ethnic minorities. Rights and resources are given according to ethnic and religious barriers. Thus these barriers between the groups might strengthen, parallel communities be cemented and the social connection weakened – as we see the UK, e.g. (more...)

Making the Most of Diversity – Profile of Intercultural Innovators

In her 2006 study looking at key actors who embody the vision of the intercultural approach to diversity management in cities, Jude Bloomfield suggests that they are innovators in their field in virtue of their intercultural background. A key premise of the intercultural cities initiative is that if correctly harnessed, diversity is a key resource for the development of a city. According to the study, such intercultural individuals are said to have successfully managed and utilised their cultural diversity, in order to have become successful at what they do.


The study makes the hypothesis that because intercultural people have crossed cultural boundaries, they are able to absorb important aspects of other cultures, which in turn provides them with a new way of seeing, thinking and creating. This cross-cultural experience is thought to be a direct cause of their success and is what defines them as "intercultural innovators". (more...)

Comics strips for diversity in Kosovo

The Joint Programme "EU/CoE Support to the Promotion of Cultural Diversity in Kosovo*" is promoting diversity using different methods and tools. One of these is a series of comic strips, which via satire and humour combats prejudice and stereotypes and highlights the importance of cultural diversity.


The comic strips which have tackled issues such as the representation of the other, urban identity and intangible cultural heritage, are one way of promoting PCDK activities and objectives. (more...)

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or populations, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo

The Lewisham Conversation


Bringing communities together to share experiences, break down barriers and find areas of common ground has always been a challenge for local authorities and wider government. Lewisham Council has been inspired by historian and philosopher Theodore Zeldin to use Conversation Dinners as its latest tool to meet these objectives. (more...) Photo: Theodore Zeldin

Travelling around the World without leaving Lisbon

The third edition of the festival Todos - Caminhada de Culturas (Everybody, a Walk of Cultures), will take place from the 8th to the 11th of September, brings novelties and adds value to its concept, which pretends to make it a neighbourhood festival but, at the same time, which may be able to cross worlds and unite cultures by the ring of the Arts.

For this Todos, we have worked in the search of a more intense participation, not only from those who live in the neighbourhood but also from other citizens, coming from other city quarters, to be an integrant part of the festival. With this issue of the festival we want people to experience the neighbourhood pulsin. (more....)

Migrants and their descendants: Guide to policies for the well-being of all in pluralist societies


A guide "Migrants and their descendants: Guide to policies for the well-being of all in pluralist societies" has been published. A free copy can be sent to you by sending your answer to Please confirm your choice of language (ENG or FR) and mark your complete postal address.

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