Intercultural integration approach advocated by the Council of Europe, leads to local well-being, finds the new study published by the Migration Policy Group.
According to the study, cities with stronger intercultural policies are more likely to have populations who believe that foreigners are good for their city and local services are trustworthy and efficient. The strong and positive correlation demonstrates that inclusive policies do not antagonise public opinion towards migrant or alienate voters. In addition, residents in cities with strong intercultural and inclusive migrant integration policies have a higher level of satisfaction with public services and the local administration, find it easier to obtain jobs, and feel safer.
The study is based on The Intercultural Cities Index´s questionnaire on how local policies actually can improve interculturalism and well-being in practice. The year-long research project investigated, inter alia, how to improve the reliability and usefulness of the ICC Index: what intercultural integration means in practice and how it is implemented in specific cities; to assess where the city stands in the different policy and governance areas; to realise where efforts should be concentrated in the future and identify “good practice” cities and city learning clusters.
The Intercultural Cities Index has been completed by more than 80 cities across 28 countries.