Newsletter N° 29 - October 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.

 

Berlin-Neukölln’s strategy for Roma inclusion: an intercultural approach

 

With a population of about 300,000 inhabitants, of whom 40% have a migrant background, the district of Neukölln in Berlin is often defined by its distinctly intercultural and diverse nature. One growing ethnic group in the district is that of the Roma, Europe’s largest minority, which face poverty, social exclusion and discrimination across the continent, Many Roma families arrive in Berlin without any resources or knowledge of German, hoping to find a better life for themselves and their children. Despite the considerable challenges which this recent immigration from South-Eastern Europe has posed, the district of Neukölln is going to great lengths to address the issues at hand as part of a wider inclusion strategy. A comprehensive action plan has been introduced covering education, healthcare, accommodation and networking. (more...)

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A diversity advantage story: Dutch city hires Polish psychology experts

 

Autumn 2011 had the Dutch city Utrecht in a predicament. Rejected asylumseekers were out on the streets and a group of longterm homeless Polish vagrants had teamed up with rejected Somali asylumseekers. Together they had started a tentcamp close to the suburbs. There were signs of group patrols, complete with baseballbats, knives and, the latest rumour, even shotguns.   So when the city heard of a succesfull Polish organisation called 'Barka', they swiftly set out to investigate wherther this organisation could help manage the situation. (more...)

 

Intercultural Melitopol: measuring cultural empathy

 

Melitopol is a city of the Azov region, where more than 225 years there’s harmonious coexistence of ethnic-religious and national minorities. Today it’s the home to over 158,000 residents, belonging to 93 ethnic and religious groups. Upon initiative by the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture” in 2008, the city of Melitopol was included in the pilot project of the Council of Europe “Intercultural Cities”. Today, the Ukrainian intercultural platform consists of eleven cities. (more...)

 

The three strands of intercultural policies: a comprehensive view

A critical review of Bouchard and Cantle recent books on interculturalism

By Ricard Zapata Barrero  

 

Within the emerging policy debate on interculturalism we critically review two recent books in 2012: Bouchard's L'interculturalisme: un point de vue quebecois, and Cantle's Interculturalism: The New Era of Cohesion and Diversity. In my view, both contribute very directly to open a foundational debate on interculturalism. More specifically, the project entitled "Support to Roma of Achaia" aims at the activation of Roma people in the labour market. (more...)

Demography and Migration: an Outlook for the 21st century

By Rainer Münz

 

Demography and migration in the 21st century are a complex topic for a policy brief, but that’s exactly the challenge Rainer Münz accomplishes in the MPI-Migration Policy Institute Policy Brief “Demography and Migration: an Outlook for the 21st century”. The paper is part of a MPI series on Migration and Development, and it states that although the current geography of migration is changing, international mobility will continue during the 21st century, as a function of economic and demographic disparities: “People will continue to move from youthful to aging societies, and from poorer peripheries to richer urban agglomerations”. (more...)

 

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