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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Collaboration with Neuchâtel. Study visits and exchange of knowledge

The collaboration with the city of Neuchâtel played a fundamental role in the implementation of the Lublin 4 all project and, in particular, the exchange of experience and knowledge with the city’s multicultural cohesion service (Service de la cohésion multiculturelle - COSM). COSM is responsible for coordinating the intercultural policy of the Canton of Neuchâtel and implementing federal and cantonal laws on integration of foreigners and fight against racism and discrimination. It is also responsible for coordinating the Cantonal Integration Program (PIC), which establishes the strategic guidelines for promoting integration every four years.

Thanks to the project, most of the members of the Lublin Integration Support Group were able to meet COSM officials and visit organizations and other institutions that collaborate with the institute. The exchange of experience and knowledge with COSM and the implementation of related activities allowed Lublin to become a point of reference within Poland for integration policies and to obtain several awards for the actions carried out.

Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation with Neuchâtel, other initiatives have been carried out including the collaboration with La Lanterne magique, an international cinema club for children and young people, and some forms of collaboration between the Neuchâtel and Lublin police departments.

This good practice has been drafted in connection with the project ITACA - Italian Cities Against Discrimination (n. 963374), co-funded by the REC Programme of the European Commission and implemented by ICEI together with the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, the Municipality of Modena, Mondinsieme Foundation and ISMU Foundation.


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