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.

Amadora

Amadora Empreende

2016

The Programme “Amadora Empreende” seeks to identify, in association with the youth and people in situations of social vulnerability, individual entrepreneurial initiatives by providing the necessary conditions for developing a business idea. There are two distinct points of action: “A Incubadora...

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Anti-rumour agents and cultural activities to increase acceptance of newcomers in Amadora

Amadora participated in the Council of Europe pilot Anti-rumours project already in 2014. The project resulted in the creation of an anti-rumours network in each of the participating cities. Since then, Amadora has continued developing and sustaining its anti-rumours strategy. The Amadora...

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Don’t Feed the Rumour

From September 2014 to May 2015 (still ongoing as part of the municipal strategy for promoting interculturality)

“Immigrants are linked to crime and radicalisation”, “immigrants live off grants from the state” or “foreign children only bring problems to the schools”, are just a few of the rumours spread about immigrants. The campaign “Do not feed the rumour” aims to fight against stereotypes, prejudices and...

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Zambujal Gets Better!

2016

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...

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Ballarat

Cultov8: Intercultural Innovation

2018-2019

In 2017, iGen Foundation, a company established in Australia which works mainly in the area of youth and migrant entrepreneurship and management consulting, was awarded a grant by a government body responsible for driving startup and technology development in Victoria, Australia. The funding was...

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Multicultural Ambassadors’ Program

2016

The City of Ballarat launched its Multicultural Ambassadors’ Program (MAP) in November 2009. This program was developed in order to provide leadership within the migrant community, therefore encouraging minorities to participate in the political life of the City. Multicultural Ambassadors come...

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The Harmony Fest

2016

In 2010, Ballarat promoted a unique festival to encourage its citizens to meet and get to know each other. Since then, every year during the month of March colours, music and flavours invade the city and the residents crowd streets and avenues to celebrate diversity. The Harmony Fest usually...

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Through the iGen Foundation the Australian civil society promotes the practice of interculturalism in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

2018

Since 2015, iGen Foundation, a company established in Australia which works mainly in the area of youth and migrant entrepreneurship and management consulting, is meeting Mayors and other elected members within city councils in Australia and New Zealand to encourage membership of ICC. iGen...

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Barcelona

A knowledge sharing session to keep on dismantling rumours and stereotypes

13 July 2017

On the 13th of July 2017, the BCN Antirumours Network training team organised a meeting with associations and experts at the Casal de Entidades Mas Guinardó with the goal of going further into concepts such as the intersectional and decolonisation perspectives. The BCN Antirumours Network is...

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A pioneer plan to combat Islamophobia

2017

The City Council of Barcelona has presented its municipal plan to combat Islamophobia, a pioneering municipal government measure in the Spanish state which aims to guarantee social cohesion and protect human rights. The document has been discussed and agreed upon in a process involving eighty...

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