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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INN Bergen

Meeting the practical, social and emotional needs of foreign workers and their accompanying family
2016
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Newcomers relocating to Norway often leave behind a familiar and trusted network. The project’s aim is to help them recreate a new network in Norway. A good job is often not enough. To help the assignees build this network, INN (International Network of Norway) in association with the Bergen Chamber of Commerce, organizes a variety of social and professional events.

The goal is to ease local employers' efforts at recruiting foreign employees, and getting foreign residents to feel at home in Bergen. There is a great need to recruit qualified employees to the region, according to a survey done by Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Some of what INN Club membership offers:

  • A meeting place for socialization and networking
  • Consultation for individual concerns and on-going support for the duration of the assignment
  • Information sessions and excursions
  • Career Support for the accompanying spousepartner
  • Spouse Club – a social network for accompanying spousepartner
  • Courses in Norwegian culture and customs and the Bergen region
  • Activities - leisure and adventure
  • Monthly newsletter for all members

Additionally, regarding international students, the University of Bergen, the Bergen University College and other higher education institutions in the city have their own programs welcoming foreign students, and the city cooperates with these institutions.

Bergen has published a comprehensive package of information to aid newly arrived foreign residents. The city’s services and agencies provide support tailored specifically for students, family members, refugees and migrant workers.


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