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Intercultural cities: good practice examples

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.

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Fabuleuses traversées

France Lyon 2016

Pupils sharing their history while reinforcing the feeling of belonging In an effort to find out more about their origins and their present identities, the pupils of a final year class (CM2) at...

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Measuring cultural empathy

Ukraine Melitopol 2016

A sociological study on cultural competences in Ukraine, leading to policy development Melitopol is a city of the Azov region where, for more than 225 years, there has been a harmonious coexistence...

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Together in the same direction

Spain Tenerife 2016

Managing diversity through a participative strategy “Together” is a strategy for managing diversity developed by the Administrative External Action Service of the Cabildo in partnership with the...

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Anti-Rumour Cafes

Sweden Botkyrka 2016

Enjoy a coffee, meet friends and strangers and undermine local rumours In Botkyrka, anti-rumours cafés have been set up in libraries as a public platform to discuss and explore rumours and...

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Anti-Rumour Web App

Spain Bilbao Since 2014

Purpose: A game to raise awareness of rumours and stereotypes that negatively affect coexistence in Bilbao. Rationale: Awareness-raising and the fight against discrimination is a priority line of...

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OBITen

Spain Tenerife 2016

The Immigration Observatory of Tenerife The OBITen is a joint initiative of the Cabildo of Tenerife and La Laguna University arising in 2001 with the aim of promoting scientific research into...

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Give Something Back to Berlin

Germany Berlin 2016

A social enterprise that treats refugees not as victims but bringers of diversity advantage The “Give Something Back to Berlin” (GSBTB) foundation is a fine example of a civil society initiative...

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Association Tabadol

France Lyon 2016

Training professionals across all field to adopt intercultural and interfaith approaches Tabadol is an association which takes an ‘anti-bias’ approach involving four steps: recognising and valuing...

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Afrikaanderplein

Netherlands Rotterdam 2016

Reinvigorating a stigmatised public space through local initiative Afrikaanderplein is a large open space in the middle of multi-ethnic Feijenoord in Rotterdam South. This park, the size of several...

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Förskolan Örnen

Sweden Botkyrka 2016

Nurturing intercultural place-making skills in youngsters Förskolan Örnen (Eagle Primary Schaool), in Alby on the fringes of Stockholm, has 130 pupils, 99% of whom have Swedish as a second language...

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Local Social Assessment (Diagnóstico social)

Portugal Cascais Social network - ongoing / Assessment - 2017

Purpose: To monitor citizens’ well-being, promote a participative and cohesive municipality and establish Networks that promote social development, fight poverty and social exclusion....

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The Counsellor for Gender Equality

Portugal Cascais Since 2017 - Ongoing

Purpose: The “Conselheira para a Igualdade” (Counsellor for Equality) is a person of reference appointed by the Cascais City Council to defend Gender Equality. Stimulus/Rationale: Gender Equality...

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Melitopol Intercultural Integration Plan 2015-2020’

Ukraine Melitopol 2016

Despite inter-ethnic strife in Ukraine one city offers leadership in pursuit of an alternative way Whilst war and interethnic conflict has raged to the east (Donbass) and south (Crimea) of it, the...

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XEIX

Spain Barcelona Since 2012

Purpose: The XEIX project aims at promoting commercial associations as a meeting point and generation of neighbourhood identity. The project is about fostering intercultural relations in...

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The Copenhagen Host Programme

Denmark Copenhagen 2016-19

Purpose: The aim of Copenhagen’s Host Programme is to facilitate encounters between newly arrived migrants and Copenhageners who wish to volunteer as hosts to promote integration into Danish...

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Action Plan for Inclusion and Diversity

Norway Bergen 2018-2022 (still in use)

Purpose: The city council of Bergen wanted to formally adopt a public statement of its intentions as an Intercultural city. Stimulus/Rationale: The primary driver for this initiative was political...

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DNA Cascais: a creative approach to promote entrepreneurship

Portugal Cascais ongoing

Purpose: DNA is a business incubator to: Develop innovative potential of young people Promote entrepreneurship Support the creation of new companies, organisation of seminars and conferences DNA...

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Oogst met mij mee! Kook met mij mee! (Harvest with me. Cook with me)

Netherlands Rotterdam 2016

Building community cohesion and good health through growing and cooking together Trained chef Hans Kervezee had originally planned to open a restaurant in the ethnically-mixed Agniesebuurt area of...

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The Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (DCAI)

Denmark Copenhagen 2011-

Purpose: The aim of the Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (DCAI) is to create a national platform that reflects the diversity of Danish society in the cultural sector, by building intercultural...

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Maio - Diálogo Intercultura

Portugal Setúbal 2016

An intercultural programme for the whole community This initiative's objective is promoting intercultural dialogue and living, through the promotion of initiatives that call for the celebration of...

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