The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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To get acquainted with cities’ good practices related to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit Intercultural Cities: COVID-19 Special page.

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Action Plan for Inclusion and Diversity

Bergen’s innovative strategy to promote inclusion and interculturalism
2016
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The city council of Bergen has formally adopted a public statement of its intentions as an Intercultural city. It has designed an integration strategy with intercultural elements and has developed an integration action plan to put it in practice. An evaluation process for the integration strategy has been planned.

The city also provides a diversity award as a mean of acknowledging local services that have succeeded in this field.

Bergen is now considering a dedicated cross-departmental co-ordination structure for its integration strategy. Bergen has not allocated a budget for integration, as it has been considered as a cross-cutting field. The different fields which are affected by the topic amend their budget to achieve the goals in the course of integration. Furthermore, some services related to migrant integration as the Introduction Centre for Refugees and the Centre for Learning Norwegian are funded by State grants.


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