Getxo, Spain - Intercultural City
Getxo is a coastal municipality in the metropolitan area of Bilbao (Basque Country) with foremost residential character, an economy based on services and determined for the strategic development of tourism, welfare, health and a cultural and creative industry.
In 2004 the Union for Immigration and Interculturality was founded with the task of transversal intervention and municipal counselling in topics of immigration and diversity management. Additionally, the Getxo city hall participates since 2004 in the network of Municipal Reception for Foreigners promoted by the Directorate for Immigration of the Basque Country. Since 2011 it is also part of the network of Intercultural Cities on the state level.
The city has formally adopted a public declaration – approved unanimously by all parties in the city council assembly – in which it defines itself as an Intercultural City and commits to approach the principal joints of institutional politics to manage diversity. The Legislature Plan 2012-2015 takes upon this allegorically: “Consolidate a strategy for an Intercultural City, based on the acknowledgment of diversity, the promotion of interaction and contact between natives and foreigners, political and social participation and the prevention of discrimination in all domains of the city.”