Intercultural Citizenship Test
Interculturalism is about understanding that well managed diversity and positive interaction between different cultures can be an advantage. It moves beyond simply accepting different cultures and celebrates both the differences and similarities between them as something that can make communities stronger.
This of course does not mean that it is only about praising new or stranger cultures, but also about honouring traditional and local sides of culture. It is all about the relationship between these, and the many aspects that make up a community. These could be, but are not limited to, nationality, ethnic origin, language, gender identity and sexual orientation and religious beliefs.
The Intercultural Citizenship Test is available in several languages. To access the language versions, please follow the link and use the dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the page of the Test.
In today's diverse societies, citizenship is about how we engage across cultural differences in our communities and public spaces, how we live with diversity in a positive way. It is about the way we relate to each other on a day to day basis to work, learn, and have fun. Most importantly, it is about how we actively change or maintain our communities taking into account the different points of view we have. There is an aspect of rights, duties, and behaviours that we as both human beings and citizens owe to each other.
The Intercultural Citizenship Test can be taken online. The test is also possible to use in face to face meetings in small groups, such as in schools, universities, workplaces and many more. For these situations, the test is also accompanied by a facilitator guide which offers further guidance and topics for discussions. Find out more about this below.
Standards and definitions
- Intercultural Cities Key Definitions
- Convention on the Participation of Foreigners in Public Life at Local Level
- Migrant Representation and Participation Bodies in the Intercultural City: Key Considerations and Principles
- Compilation of ECRI General Policy Recommendations
- Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Strategies for the Intercultural City
- Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)4 on the Participation of Citizens in Local Public
- Council of Europe 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance
- Commissioner for Human Rights’ Issue paper: Realising the Right to Family Reunification of Refugees in Europe
- Commissioner for Human Rights’ Issue paper: Time for Europe to get Migrant Integration Right
- Urban Citizenship and Undocumented Migration
- European Social Charter
- European Qualification Passport for Refugees
Getting to know your neighbour and newcomers in your city
- What is Interculturalism About? – Video Tutorial
- Refugee Policies for the Intercultural City: Policy Brief and Video Tutorial
- Arrival of Refugees in Your City: To-Do List
- Living Together in Inclusive Democracies: How Can the Intercultural Approach Promote Participation in Diverse Societies?
- Policy Study on Managing Gentrification
- Compass: A Manual for Human Rights Education for Young People
- StoryCities: Video Stories from Intercultural Cities
- Video Stories: Diversity Advantage in Business
- Participatory Process to Map Shared Cultural Heritage
- LGBTI Inclusion and Equality Initiatives for the Intercultural City
- Are Cities Key Agents of Integration?
- Challenges of Interculturalism: Guidelines for a Training Module
- Urban Policies for Intercultural Centres and Community Engagement
How do we talk to and about each other?
- We can! Taking Action Against Hate Speech Through Counter and Alternative Narratives
- Anti-rumours Handbook: A Standardised Methodology for Cities
- Alternative Narratives: Checklist
- Workshop on Multilingualism as a Resource for Cities
- Platform of Resources and References for Plurilingual and Intercultural Education
- Language Support for Adult Refugees
- European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
- Tackling Prejudice and Engaging with Religious Minorities
- No Hate Speech Campaign Videos
- Fighting Discrimination and Hate Speech: Is Interculturalism the Solution?
- Stop Prejudice Against Roma Campaign Video
- The Representation of Roma in Major European Museum Collections
The aim of the Intercultural Citizenship Test is to increase knowledge and awareness on human rights, intercultural competence, perceptions of diversity as an advantage, as well as the willingness to act in an intercultural way. It is intended to be both an educational and a political tool – raising awareness among citizens, professionals and politicians of the need to define (urban) citizenship in a pluralistic and inclusive way.
The idea is for the test is to support the debate around active citizenship as a factor of integration as well as the role of cities in fostering active citizenship for all by opening up political and participation spaces for newcomers. We believe that active citizenship can be both a way to ensure equal access to rights for non-nationals and effective justice in everyday life, and the basis of a new collective solidarity. To cut across ethnic, religious, linguistic, social and economic divides, such solidarity needs to stem from the adhesion to a common set of values, a shared sense of belonging to the city, and the embracement of a pluralist local identity.
If you have organised the test in smaller groups, please feel free to send us your feedback on both the test and facilitator guide! You can reach us here.
The Intercultural Citizenship Test can also be used as a complement of the ICC Index as it will allow to survey the perception of the citizenry and measure the impact of cities’ intercultural efforts, including by breaking down results to specific geographical areas within the city.