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.

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Young people discourse to construct Salt's collective identity

Map discrimination barriers on young people's ordinary lives and put their opinions and expectations about 'what is and what should be Salt` in the center of public debate.
Implemented for a year since November 2017
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This is a pilot experience to find and detect different situations experienced by young people that, resulting from discrimination, create barriers against their standardised career. Whether in school, in the workplace, in the fields of leisure, or in other fields, it’s important to map discrimination and highlight and address situations that actually prevent young people from feeling part of society.

After detecting these situations repeatedly experienced by different people, the city will have to decide how to overcome them. From intervening on the specific situations to generating a global discourse on the matter, different possibilities will open through a participatory process, and that is why the actions will be defined by the Commission for Participation and Diversity (Comissió de Diversitat I Participació).

The initial approach consisting in identifying and selecting different young people to act as target group, representing all the different nationalities immigrated in Salt; the gender variable has also been taken into account. One feature that selected participants had to have was to have an opinion on different matters and to be able to express it.

During several meetings, issues related to different topics have emerged, related to situations experienced as discriminatory. The line of work will continue to organize spaces for group discussion in order to compile different experiences. In a second phase, the work will focus on defining lines of action to reverse these situations.

As for the first phase, two main elements are taken into account: 1) the participants; 2) and the issues that arise from the group discussions. Regarding the participants, they must be representative of the different cultural origins in Salt. As for the issues that arise in the discussion groups, they will be organised thematically and there will be as many sessions until all information is gathered. During the second phase, evaluation tools and indicators will have to be built when defining the remedial actions to be carried out.

This project is being promoted within the framework of the mandate of the Commission for Participation and Diversity which, at the same time, is part of the Intercultural Community Intervention Project, with the participation of different practitioners from the territory, in areas such as citizenship, education, social services, community mediation and housing. Practitioners working for the local administration and in companies of the third sector are also associated to the process, so as individual citizens and young people.


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