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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Norwegian Center for Multicultural Value Creation

Negotiating a way for ethnic businesses through local customs and red tape
2016
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Oslo City Council’s Office for Business Development has taken an active stance on integrating minority businesses. The greatest problem such businesses have is with the complexity of Norwegian rules and regulations regarding taxation and business practice. Many small businesses contravene the law without understanding or even knowing it, and many others opt to enter the black economy to make life simpler. A Nordic Network for Diversity at Work has been established and Oslo hosted a conference on the European Intercultural Workplace recently, attended by 70 CEOs, but it is felt there is much still work to be done in bringing diversity into the Norwegian business world.

The Norwegian Center for Multicultural Value Creation is helping the so-called "non-western", first and second-generation immigrants to start their businesses by providing advisory services, coaching and training in business establishment. The center is unique in its approach in assisting the professional immigrants, and has received extensive and positive attention and support nationwide among the immigrant organizations, government institutions, private organizations and the media. The result of such attention has been that a large number of immigrants have contacted the center and are frequent users of the services provided.


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