Launching the C4i – Communication for Integration
A project to combat prejudices, stereotypes and racist attitudes
Have you ever heard expressions like
"Immigrants receive more financial aid to open their businesses, and they don’t pay taxes…";
"Immigrants are overcrowding our health services…" or
"Immigrants don’t want to integrate or learn our language…"? Such ideas, generally unsupported by facts and data, target specific groups as ‘problematic’ and it generate mistrust and social conflict.
C4i – Communication for Integration project aims to fight against misconceptions and prejudices, rumours and stereotypes by using viral information techniques to provide evidence-based answers to common misconceptions. Active participation from citizens as "anti-rumor agents" is a key feature of C4i.
DELI: Cities maximising benefits of diverse end inclusive entrepreneurship
in January 2014, the project DELI focuses on two
important issues for the European society and
economy: migrants and entrepreneurship. While it is
recognised that the entrepreneurship is essential to
economic growth and innovation, the impact of
migrants on European economy remains the issue
subject to many misconceptions and doubts.
Nevertheless, migrants and people from ethnic
minorities represent an important pool of
entrepreneurs in Europe. At present there are
roughly 24 million non-nationals living in the
countries of the European Union, many of them from
ethnic minority populations. Their businesses -
mainly small and micro enterprises - play an
important role in the European society and in
particular in urban areas.
Bergen joins Intercultural Cities
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with a strong sense of its own distinct identity as a historic hub of international travel and trade. Because of its deep-rooted history in marine exploration and trade Bergen has always played host to foreign visitors and many of these have chosen to stay.
As Bergen has become a focus of the offshore oil and gas industries in the 1970s it has naturally seen a large settlement of relatively highly-skilled and prosperous expatriates. In more recent years, there has been a marked growth in refugees and asylum seekers, reflecting the city’s expressed intention of being seen as a place of welcome and sanctuary.
Donostia/San Sebastian engaged deeply with diversity
would like to preface these words by referring to a
basque expression: azala eta mamia (literally, “skin
and flesh”). In the language of us, it means from
the surface and from deep downinside, by looking at
the surface and at what is below it at the same
time. Donostia/San Sebastian City Council has
recently set up a department for diversity, and
right from the start we were in no doubt that we had
to create this department from our roots, fromour
Mixed urban spaces to reduce prejudice
A recently published study has found that prejudice is a function not only of whom you interact with, but also were you live. Previous papers have prioritised the interpersonal nature of contact and thus ignored its potential widespread impact.
ICC: Facebook and Twitter
ICC programme is proud to note that its Facebook
"friends" have increased to 721 and its Twitter followers have
increased to 845. They are kept informed regularly on
ICC progress. Please remember to check out the
Facebook page and