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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Diversity for business and business for diversity

Limassol is taking action to encourage a diverse workforce, intercultural mixing and competence in the private sector enterprises. The city has developed a local "diversity for business" project with the participation of numerous employers, associations, the chamber of commerce, trade unions, youth NGOs and universities. A series of focus-group meetings produced the Intercultural Twinning Declaration of the Municipalities of Limassol and Ioannina, dedicated to the role of cultural diversity for inclusive growth. The “diversity for business” project also made possible the creation of the Greek version of the Intercultural Cities Step-by-step guide.

Limassol takes action to encourage businesses from ethnic minorities to move beyond the ethnic economy and enter the mainstream economy and other higher value-added sectors. The city also encourages migrants from a lower income background to move into entrepreneurship through various activities funded by EU grants, including training and business incubators. The city for example organised a training course on Online Marketing in 2018 together with the neighbouring Municipality of Agios Athanasios.

Additionally, Limassol is the headquarter of the national Cyprus International Business Association (CIBA), and the city administration has strong connections to the association and similar structures.


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