On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, mayors of the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities programme (ICC), which brings together over 130 cities around the world, speak about their initiatives for more inclusive societies in an online campaign.
Also today, Madrid (Spain), Dudelange (Luxembourg), Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Manchester (UK) symbolically joined the network, shortly after the cities of Marybirnong (Australia) and Kepez (Turkey).
The ICC 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. It promotes intercultural integration as an enabling factor for the protection of human rights at local level and helps cities to ensure equality and non-discrimination, foster cross-cultural mixing and to make institutions open and inclusive.
The Global Compact for Migration, adopted recently by 164 nations, recognised the positive impact of migration for the development of both origin and destination countries. Throughout human history, migration has contributed to cultural diversity and to more creative, dynamic and resilient societies.