Annual meeting of the Intercultural Cities coordinators
The annual meeting of the Intercultural Cities (ICC) coordinators brought together the representatives of the 100 cities that are member of the ICC programme, including non-European cities such as Montreal (Canada), Ballarat (Australia), Haifa (Israel) and Amman (Jordan), and the cities that joined in 2016 (Rijeka, Paris and Erlangen).
Following the significant increase of asylum applications in Europe and the humanitarian concerns that have arisen in some countries, a seminar was organised in Brussels (12-13 September 2016) on social innovation for the integration and inclusion of refugees.
On 28 July, the German city of Erlangen has joined the Intercultural Cities programme. Erlangen is the 100th city to join the Council of Europe initiative –being only the second German city to become full member after Berlin-Neukölln.
How does it feel to arrive in a country without understanding anything? And what can poetry convey even when the listener does not speak the language? These were some of the thoughts that lead the organizers of the annual poetry festival in Erlangen to bring poetry in five different languages together.
Mexico City works towards embedding Interculturality in its new Constitution
The new constitution of Mexico City should be approved by 31st January 2017. Interculturality and human mobility are mentioned in several of the constitutional dispositions that appear in the first draft version of the text, confirming the commitment of Mexico City to realise the diversity advantage.
Better insights on asylum seekers with participatory research
The Refugee Review is a study that covers 456 asylum seekers in Sweden - how they appreciate their current situation, as well as plans and thoughts on their future. Part 1 is published and downloadable, and Part 2 will deliver the insights this fall.