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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Adaptation of Internally Displaced

Promote adaptation and participation in the city life of newcomers (IDPs)
January 2016 - present
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As a part of its Intercultural Strategy, the city authorities pay particular attention to facilitating the IDPs adaptation in Lutsk through a specially directed policy that involves social adaptation, employment, social activity support, cultural and artistic development. To this end, a coordination point has been established in the city to coordinate support for families arriving from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

In order to facilitate the employment of IDPs, Lutsk City Employment Center launched a series of seminars and consultations – such as "Starting Your Own Business", "Starting Entrepreneur" and "From a Business Idea to Your Own Business" – in collaboration with 8 career centers of the city. Financial support is also provided for IDPs for starting their own business.

These efforts have already brought some good results. Server Zeyinidinov from Crimea, founded his own greenhouse business. Server grows vegetables using Crimean know-how and provides jobs for his fellows from Crimea, who also moved to Lutsk. In addition, the city authorities support IDPs activities by allocating premises for this purpose. A number of IDPs organizations received premises for the activity of their organizations. One of them is the anti-cafe "Innerspace", an initiative implemented in Lutsk by a family of settlers from the Eastern Ukraine. “Innerspace” became an important place for carrying out intercultural meetings, trainings on increasing the level of tolerance, evenings of cultures, etc.

The impact of the policy undergoes annual evaluations. Some results of the action are already visible and positively contribute to the city’s life (SMEs development, Innerspace café).

Partnership: The action is being implemented as a result of cooperation between different city departments, career centers, and public and private sector organizations.


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