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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Zambujal Gets Better!

Ethnic mixing and skills development as part of a general rejuvenation of a city district
2016
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The municipal housing stock of Amadora consists of 2052 houses across three main districts with a large number of residents of the same Cape Verdean ethnic background. Many of the residents were economically and socially excluded,

Several projects for the integration of the resident population in the districts were initiated, of which highlights the Project Oportunidade/Geração whose target is the population descended from the 2nd and 3rd generation of immigrants and being developed in the Casal da Boba neighbourhood.

The Project Oportunidade/Geração was awarded by Prize of Distinction for Best Practices in municipal area of immigrant integration granted by the Platform on Policies for Reception and Integration of Immigrants in the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The Zambujal Melhora Programme established the "facilitators neighbourhood" idea which is the joining of two people with different ethnic backgrounds in order to receive training at the same time in a certain area, and then to work together in their own neighbourhood, and in other districts.


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