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.

Amadora

Amadora Empreende

2016

The Programme “Amadora Empreende” seeks to identify, in association with the youth and people in situations of social vulnerability, individual entrepreneurial initiatives by providing the necessary conditions for developing a business idea. There are two distinct points of action: “A Incubadora...

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Anti-rumour agents and cultural activities to increase acceptance of newcomers in Amadora

Amadora participated in the Council of Europe pilot Anti-rumours project already in 2014. The project resulted in the creation of an anti-rumours network in each of the participating cities. Since then, Amadora has continued developing and sustaining its anti-rumours strategy. The Amadora...

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Don’t Feed the Rumour

From September 2014 to May 2015 (still ongoing as part of the municipal strategy for promoting interculturality)

“Immigrants are linked to crime and radicalisation”, “immigrants live off grants from the state” or “foreign children only bring problems to the schools”, are just a few of the rumours spread about immigrants. The campaign “Do not feed the rumour” aims to fight against stereotypes, prejudices and...

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Zambujal Gets Better!

2016

The municipal housing stock of Amadora consists of 2052 houses across three main districts with a large number of residents of the same Cape Verdean ethnic background. Many of the residents were economically and socially excluded, Several projects for the integration of the resident population in...

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Auckland

A “Together We’re Auckland” Communications Guide

2018 on

The 'Together We're Auckland' communications guide helps the Auckland Council convey a sense of togetherness, diversity, collaboration and a positive outcome and community spirit. With the support of this guide, the Council aims to ensure that every Aucklander feels included in what is happening...

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An ‘Integrated Area Plan’

2017 on

When proposing a change, Auckland Council partners with appropriate community organisations to engage with the communities affected. In 2017, the Council included the communities of South Auckland in an 'integrated area plan' to prepare for future development in the area. The engagement strategy...

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Auckland’s intercultural elections

2016 on

Auckland’s 2016 election campaign was developed to appeal to those traditionally less likely to vote. The city sought feedback on it from ethnically diverse focus groups and adapted the messages to appeal to specific communities, including the Māori, Pacific, Chinese and Rainbow communities. New...

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Auckland’s minority advisory bodies

2018 on

The Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) is mandated through legislation to ensure Auckland Council takes the views of Māori in Auckland into account when making decisions. The IMSB monitors Auckland Council activities, providing advice and assisting with the development of strategies and...

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Auckland’s Research and Monitoring Unit

2018 on

Auckland Council's Research and Monitoring Unit (RIMU) conducts environmental, social, economic and cultural research to inform and support policy development, implementation and evaluation. The Auckland Plan 2050, for example, is based on statistical and qualitative evidence about diversity and...

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Auckland’s support for its diverse entrepreneurs

2018 on

The council-controlled organisation “Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development” (ATEED) has created a range of programmes and facilities that can support entrepreneurs from all cultural backgrounds: GridAKL is part of Auckland City’s Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct. The GridAKL ethos...

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Nga Kete Akoranga (NKA)

2018 on

The Nga Kete Akoranga (NKA) is a programme of learning and development activities available to all Auckland Council staff. The programme builds staff capability to respond effectively to Māori and meet the strategic goals, policy directives and commitments to the Treaty of Waitangi. It includes a...

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

2018 on

Auckland participates in the Māori Language Week, organising various events and activities across the city. These include bi-lingual story-telling in te reo Māori and English, performances by Māori artists, competitions in the knowledge of Māori words, reading groups for adults, workshops in...

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The Auckland Plan 2050

2019-2050

The Auckland Plan 2050 outlines a 30 year strategy for Auckland to tackle three key challenges: Population growth and its implications (pressures on communities, environment, housing and roads) Sharing prosperity with all Aucklanders (economic deprivation in certain areas, unjust social patterns...

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The Champions for Change Network

2018 on

Many of Auckland’s senior leaders are part of the nation-wide Champions for Change Network, a group of Chief Executives and Chairs from the public and private sector who are committed to raising the value of diversity and inclusiveness throughout the wider business community. This network takes...

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The Inclusive Auckland Framework

2019

Auckland Council's Inclusive Auckland Framework outlines an organization-wide change programme led by the Diversity and Inclusion Team to improve diversity and inclusion outcomes for Aucklanders and for the Council. It draws on and aligns perfectly with the intercultural cities principles and...

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The Quality of Life Project

2016 on

Auckland Council collaborates with other New Zealand councils to manage, fund and administrate the Quality of Life Project which asks residents about perceptions of the impact of diversity on Auckland as a place to live. In the 2016 Quality of Life survey, just over half (53%) of Aucklanders...

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The Study Auckland Team

2018 on

The council-controlled organisation “Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development” (ATEED) has set up a “Study Auckland” team to maximise the long-term benefits international education brings, by: Positioning Auckland as a centre of excellence to attract students who will make a valuable...

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The Tripartite Economic Alliance

2018 on

The Tripartite Economic Alliance increases meaningful and substantive trade and investment opportunities for Auckland-based businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors with two of its key international partner cities (Guangzhou and Los Angeles). At the same time it allows the city to foster its...

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The Welcoming Communities Initiative

2018 on

Auckland Council, ATEED and Immigration New Zealand (a central government agency responsible for bringing people to New Zealand to enhance New Zealand’s social and economic outcomes) have signed a partnership agreement to leverage collective skills and resources in order to maximise the...

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“Cultural awareness capability”

2018 on

“Cultural awareness capability” is included as a requirement for the role of an elected member at the Auckland Council. It requires members to: Understand and empathise with different people and cultures within the Auckland community; Respect and embrace differences and diversity in a...

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Ballarat

Cultov8: Intercultural Innovation

2018-2019

In 2017, iGen Foundation, a company established in Australia which works mainly in the area of youth and migrant entrepreneurship and management consulting, was awarded a grant by a government body responsible for driving startup and technology development in Victoria, Australia. The funding was...

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Multicultural Ambassadors’ Program

2016

The City of Ballarat launched its Multicultural Ambassadors’ Program (MAP) in November 2009. This program was developed in order to provide leadership within the migrant community, therefore encouraging minorities to participate in the political life of the City. Multicultural Ambassadors come...

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The Harmony Fest

2016

In 2010, Ballarat promoted a unique festival to encourage its citizens to meet and get to know each other. Since then, every year during the month of March colours, music and flavours invade the city and the residents crowd streets and avenues to celebrate diversity. The Harmony Fest usually...

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Through the iGen Foundation the Australian civil society promotes the practice of interculturalism in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

2018

Since 2015, iGen Foundation, a company established in Australia which works mainly in the area of youth and migrant entrepreneurship and management consulting, is meeting Mayors and other elected members within city councils in Australia and New Zealand to encourage membership of ICC. iGen...

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Barcelona

A knowledge sharing session to keep on dismantling rumours and stereotypes

13 July 2017

On the 13th of July 2017, the BCN Antirumours Network training team organised a meeting with associations and experts at the Casal de Entidades Mas Guinardó with the goal of going further into concepts such as the intersectional and decolonisation perspectives. The BCN Antirumours Network is...

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A pioneer plan to combat Islamophobia

2017

The City Council of Barcelona has presented its municipal plan to combat Islamophobia, a pioneering municipal government measure in the Spanish state which aims to guarantee social cohesion and protect human rights. The document has been discussed and agreed upon in a process involving eighty...

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Art, music and theatre prevent social exclusion and promote the democratization of culture

2017

Apropa Cultura is a network of cultural facilities, such as theatres, concert halls, festivals and museums, whose main purpose is to encourage inclusiveness promoting cultural activities and events. The initiative started during the season 2006/2007 when L’Auditori launched the Auditori Apropa: a...

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Barcelona - Microhistories of the diaspora: experiences of the feminine dispersion

2018

Microhistories of the diaspora is a project which invites to think the concept of the «diaspora space » instead of the concept of diaspora alone. The project investigates which specificities add race, gender, class or language, to “embodied experience of diaspora subjectivities”. In this sense,...

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Barcelona City Council presents a pioneer plan to combat Islamophobia

2017

The City Council of Barcelona has presented its municipal plan to combat Islamophobia, a pioneering municipal government measure in the Spanish state which aims to guarantee social cohesion and protect human rights. The document has been discussed and agreed upon in a process involving eighty...

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Barcelona: The districts reflect on education and interculturality

21 June 2018

On 16 May, technical representatives of all the city’s districts met to work on the challenges implied by intercultural education. During the last two years the BCN Interculturality Programme has encouraged periodic collaborative meetings with the technical area of Barcelona City Council ‘s...

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Barcelona’s Strategic Framework for Immigration and Interculturality

2016

The Barcelona Interculturality Plan (2010) was a mandate of the City Council’s Immigration Working Plan 2008 and its main goal was to define a clear intercultural policy strategy about how the city faces the challenges posed by the increase in sociocultural diversity for the next 15 years. The...

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Centre for Linguistic Normalization

2016

The Barcelona Centre for Linguistic Normalization (CLN) welcomes over 17,000 students from 127 different countries. The classes are thus an active example of diversity and the respect of difference. It is for this reason that the CNL has adopted intercultural dialogue as one of the strategic...

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Co-existence through Education

2016

Through the project Convivència i Mediació (Co-existence and Mediation) the City of Barcelona has reorganised its school teaching service to strengthen the values that ensure coexistence in a context of cultural diversity. The new reality makes schools work to promote the values of respect for...

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Do It In Barcelona

2016

Do it in Barcelona aims to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the city by providing them with support services for the development of their businesses. The programme helps newcomers by ensuring they have knowledge of the new environments in which they find themselves and the tools that can guide...

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Interconvictional ceremony in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Barcelona

One week (17-24 August 2017)

The ceremony was organised in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Barcelona on 17 August 2017 and included in the framework of the citizens’ rights and diversity strategy of Barcelona City Council. The objective of the initiative was to offer an open space in which to pay tribute to the...

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Intercultural public space

The city of Barcelona places enormous importance upon public space as the place where a diverse but harmonious community can be built. This means that place-making professionals (such as architects, planners, transport managers, constructors etc) within the city council must develop their...

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Measure to promote the participation of people with diverse cultural and native backgrounds in Barcelona participation areas

On-going, until end of 2019

This new government measure is an action that emerges from a shared concern in relation to the possibilities to make traditionally excluded population(s) enjoying active “citizenship” and full participation, throughout the different participation channels or areas of work. More specifically, the...

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The BCN Anti-rumour Network celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination through two anti-rumours workshops

2018

The “Dynamisation Group” of the BCN Anti-rumour Network has organized two workshops on the occasion of the Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Muslim singers against Racism and Maleness is a space for discussion and analysis with the moderation of Wafae Moussaoui, organised on 20...

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When art meets interculturality

28 September 2017

Espai Avinyó-Language and Culture Centre has been providing since 2011 a wide range of cultural activities aiming to be as inclusive as possible, highlighting the importance of interculturality through the masterpieces of artists coming from different cultural backgrounds. The artistic activities...

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World Interfaith Harmony Week

Permanent

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was launched by the United Nations in 2011 as a decentralised initiative, taking place all over the world every year in the first week of February. It is a week of interfaith dialogue and interaction, including events such as “harmony breakfasts”, movie...

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XEIX

2016

The project is about fostering intercultural relations in multi-ethnic districts through raising the level of interaction of businesses with each other and their communities. The project was first implemented in 2012 in Fort Pienc, a neighbourhood with an important presence of Chinese families...

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Bergen

Action Plan for Inclusion and Diversity

2016

The city council of Bergen has formally adopted a public statement of its intentions as an Intercultural city. It has designed an integration strategy with intercultural elements and has developed an integration action plan to put it in practice. An evaluation process for the integration strategy...

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Bergen – a safe city for LGBTI refugees and citizens with migrant background

2017- 2021

Many immigrants in Bergen come from countries with a different view on gender and sexuality diversity than in Norway. In several countries homosexuality is still illegal, so in order to promote good attitudes the city needs to convey information of lgbti-people’s situation in Norway. Therefore,...

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EMPO Multicultural Resource Center

2016

The EMPO flerkulturelt ressurssenter is a resource center for young adults and families with immigrant background living in Bergen. It is under the Church City Mission and is led by a team of 14 staff and 6 volunteers with a multicultural and interdisciplinary and broad knowledge and experience...

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Fargespil (Kaleidoscope)

2016

Fargespill focuses on what happens when differences meet through traditional music and dance: Ethiopian shoulder dance meets Norwegian “gangar”. Mogadishu meets Kollywood, “fallturillturalltura” meets “habibi habibi”. Children-rhymes from all over the world unite in one grand polyphonic mantra....

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FIKS Bergen

2016

The FIKS Bergen initiative promotes cooperation between different sports clubs to ensure inclusion of people from migrant background in their activities. This happens through school projects, swimming lessons, regular leisure and events around the neighbourhoods. The city council’s Sports Service...

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Global Future

2016

The city of Bergen was concerned to learn the findings of a survey which revealed that the ethnic background of public employees only reflected the composition of the city's population at the lower echelons. In 2013, the City Council passed an action plan called The Future Workplace which aimed...

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INN Bergen

2016

Newcomers relocating to Norway often leave behind a familiar and trusted network. The project’s aim is to help them recreate a new network in Norway. A good job is often not enough. To help the assignees build this network, INN (International Network of Norway) in association with the Bergen...

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Intercommunal mediation

2016

Bergen has introduced many initiatives to achieve its mediation and conflict resolution policy objectives. The city has set up a generalist municipal mediation service which also deals with cultural conflicts. Bergen also provides mediation services in places such as neighbourhoods, on streets,...

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Trainee Vest: increasing diversity in business

2016 ongoing (updated in 2018)

Already in 2016, the city of Bergen has established a high level working group on increasing migrant participation in business and employment. The working group is made of political leaders, representatives from companies, the leader of the Chamber of commerce, the Director of the Norwegian...

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Berlin

Give Something Back to Berlin

2016

The “Give Something Back to Berlin” (GSBTB) foundation is a fine example of a civil society initiative that thinks “out of the box” and actively combats negative refugee stereotyping. Launched in 2013 GSBTB aims to bring together more privileged migrants, German locals and more vulnerable...

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Berlin-Neukölln

Action! Karl-Marx-Straße

2016

Action! Karl-Marx-Straße – ‘Young, Colourful, Successful’ is an ambitious €10 million urban regeneration programme for the main street in the borough. Whilst Karl-Marx-Straße is the buzzing heart of Neukölln with not only the Town Hall but also the ethnic retail economy, it currently feels tired...

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Campus Rütli

2016

The Rütli school had become notorious all over Germany in 2006, when the national press had reported a general climate of insecurity, as well as some incidents that had occurred within the school, with pupils allegedly threatening and attacking teachers and school staff. The school Rector had...

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Un Conseil spécial consacré aux migrants vivant à Neukölln.

Conseil pour l’immigration de Berlin-Neukölln (« Migrationsbeirat »)

2018

Berlin-Neukölln a créé une instance spécialement dédiée aux migrants qui vivent à Neukölln au sein de son conseil municipal : le Conseil pour l’immigration. Il représente les intérêts des migrants dans tous les domaines de la vie et encourage leur participation à la vie civile et politique. Cette...

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Dialogue creates Neighbourhood

11 months from February to December 2017

The action is being implemented in the framework of Neukölln´s neighbourhood programme in partnership with the Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation (CSSP). The project is aimed at preventing conflicts between inhabitants of refugee accommodation and local residents. Qualified trainers for...

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District Mothers

2016

The “Stadtteilmütter“ (District Mothers) project is targeted at areas under Neighbourhood Management with a high proportion of children and young people from the most disadvantaged demographic groups. Parents – particularly those from an immigrant background – may have serious difficulties in...

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Mediating between cultures and languages to promote intercultural integration in schools.

Interkulcultural Mediation at the Rixdorfer Primary School

2018 on

Berlin-Neukölln supports the organisation “LebensWelt” (“Living Environment”) in its intercultural mediation project at the Rixdorfer Primary School in Neukölln, which is visited by 19 different nationalities and by many children with families that do not speak German or English. The...

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Nachbarschaftsheim Neukölln

2016

Nachbarschaftsheim Neukölln is a community centre which aims to facilitate social cohesion and discouraging negative attitudes, such as prejudices and stereotypes. The community centre offers a wide range of actives for children, families and adults. These initiatives cover almost every aspect of...

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Neukölln publishes "Normalising Integration - Living together in an intercultural metropolis"

18 December 2018

"Normalising Integration - Living together in an intercultural metropolis" is both a comprehensive policy document and a set of principles of good governance that the district of Neukölln has adopted as an intercultural city. The concept was developed in a participative process including the...

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Peer-to-Peer Project Addiction Aid for Refugees

12 months from January to December 2017

The project targets refugees and provides training in drug prevention and addiction aid. The training programme is elaborated within an intercultural and participative dialogue with the peer helpers. It enables help to be given to other refugees at risk of dependency. The trained peer helpers...

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Schilleria Girl´s Café - PolitTalk (Schilleria Mädchentreff)

Six months from June to November 2017

The Schilleria Girl´s Café is addressed at girls and young women, most of whom have a migrant background and are socially and educationally disadvantaged. Due to the increasing success of right-wing parties and Europe-wide discrimination of Muslims, the girls involved urgently demanded to talk...

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Strategy for Roma Integration

2016

With a population of about 300,000 inhabitants, of whom 40% have a migrant background, the district of Neukölln in Berlin is often defined by its distinctly intercultural and diverse nature. One growing ethnic group in the district is that of the Roma, Europe’s largest minority, which face...

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A calendar, in which various religious/cultural and international celebrations and holidays can co-exist.

The Intercultural Calendar

2018 on

Together with the integration representatives of each Berlin district, Neukölln co-manages Berlin’s Intercultural Calendar that integrates the various holidays and fests celebrated in the city. First of all, in this calendar, the new year is celebrated several times, including not only the 31st...

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A space for mothers from different backgrounds to share, learn and to pass onto their children.

Women in intercultural dialogue

2018

Berlin-Neukölln supports the organisation “LebensWelt” (“Living Environment”) in its project “Frauen im interkulturellen Dialog” (“Women in intercultural dialogue”), offering a space for mothers from different backgrounds (including refugees and asylum-seekers) to come together and share their...

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Bilbao

Anti-rumour toolkit for young people

From 2017 to 2019

In the framework of the Bilbao Anti-Rumour Strategy, a handbook with anti-rumour tools and exercises has been designed for working in classrooms with young people. Young people represent a priority target group of intervention in this project. However, it is necessary to have specific working...

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Anti-Rumour Web App

2016

The main metaphor used in the Bilbao communication campaign is the umbrella as a defence against rumours that fall from the sky. It has developed a short game, in two forms of a scratch card and a Web app, that can allow the user to assess whether they are ‘protected’ from or ‘drenched’ by...

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Local Council of immigration

Implemented since 2011

The Local Council of Immigration is a collegial body that has consultative and informative natures. It has the vocation of guaranteeing the democratic participation of immigrant associations and their interaction with other agents involved in the development and promotion of the integration and...

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Local plan for citizenship and diversity

Three years - 2017, 2018 and 2019

During 2017, the II Local Plan for Citizenship and Diversity was approved by the Local Government Board and contains therein the municipal intervention strategy planned for the next three years. Approved by the City of Bilbao, this plan has been designed taking into account the areas of...

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Women, Health and Violence

2008-2017

This programme seeks to empower migrant women in Bilbao through the promotion of health and the prevention of gender-based violence. It aims to fight against the multiple discrimination to which migrant women in Bilbao are subjected. There are two complementary pillars to building these bridges...

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Borlänge

Somalia Bandy

2016

A spectacular example of how sport can facilitate the social integration of refugees is the Somalia Bandy team set up in Borlänge, Sweden. Bandy is a form of large-scale ice hockey that is popular in Nordic countries. The team was set up by a local entrepreneur from Borlänge, a city of 41 000...

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Botkyrka

Anti-Rumour Cafes

2016

In Botkyrka, anti-rumours cafés have been set up in libraries as a public platform to discuss and explore rumours and prejudices. Libraries were chosen as they are well attended by young people aged 18-25 years old. 4 anti-rumour cafés were set up and each one focused on a particular rumour....

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Council for civil society development

2018

Civil society organizations working in the social field and organised in the network “Platform for local NGOs’ in Botkyrka”, and politicians from Botkyrka have established a joint Council for civil society development with the main objective to create a forum for intercultural dialogue between...

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Förskolan Örnen

2016

Förskolan Örnen (Eagle Primary Schaool), in Alby on the fringes of Stockholm, has 130 pupils, 99% of whom have Swedish as a second language . It has a very deliberate philosophy rooted in respect for human rights and democracy and principles of transculturalism inspired by the work of the...

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Mångkulturellt Centre, Fittja

2016

The Multicultural Centre is a municipal foundation engaged in research, education and cultural activities. The ambitions and goals of the centre is to study and promote a society where diversity is reflected in Sweden’s national self-image and where migration is a natural part of the Swedish...

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What does it mean to be an intercultural competent city?

2016

After almost 60 years of migration, many Swedish citizens who have been living in the country for generations are still considered as temporary guests or not fully members of the Swedish society. The understanding of what and who the Swedish society really should include needs to change....

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Women in Botkyrka

Implemented for three years, starting on 1st March 2018

The action is based on the city’s intercultural strategy focusing on foreign- born women as a special target group in need of structural reforms to become a part of the labour- and/or educational markets. The primary focus is on empowering women. The responsibility for enabling the entrance of...

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Braga

(Re)Writing our neighbourhood

Implemented for 3 years, from March 2017 to February 2020

(Re)Writing our neighbourhood is a 3 year project to be implemented in three neighbourhoods in the city of Braga, Portugal. In addition to the physical improvement of the social housing neighbourhoods of Enguardas, Santa Tecla and Picoto, the project will integrate 8 measures to be implemented in...

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Cartagena

The City of Cartagena (Spain) launches the Refugee Welcome and Integration Network

24 May 2017 Cartagena, Spain

On 24 May 2017, the City Council of Cartagena (Murcia - Spain) launched the Refugee Welcome and Integration Network to address the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the municipality, in view of achieving effective protection and enjoyment of their rights. The ultimate goal of the Network is...

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Cascais

Arts bring people together

2017

Arts have the uncanny ability to overcome cultural and ethnic differences: art is like a universal language that brings people together. Cascais has an extraordinary art projects to prove this power. Muraliza is a Mural Art Festival that takes place every summer since 2014 and lasts for nine...

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Diagnóstico Social (Social Diagnostic)

2017

The municipality of Cascais offers to its citizens a Diagnóstico Social (Social Diagnostic): an organization that regularly checks on residents’ well-being. Its objective is to involve citizens and organizations in public discussions on living conditions in Cascais, stimulating good practices of...

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DNA Cascais: a creative approach to promote entrepreneurship

2017

DNA Cascais is a non-profit association that aims to contribute to the promotion, encouragement and development of entrepreneurship, with a special focus on promoting young and social entrepreneurship in the Municipality of Cascais. The agency, over the last 10 years, has supported the creation...

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Surf and Bodyboard boost self-trust

2017

Cascais regularly organises intercultural activities not only to encourage social cohesion but also to help young people to improve their self-appreciation and self-esteem. The first project called “Surf.Art” is an experimental project that, through the practice of Surfing and contact with...

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The Counsellor for Gender Equality

2017

The “Conselheira para a Igualdade” (Counsellor for Equality) is a person of reference appointed by the Cascais City Council to defend equality. In 1998, the city adhered to the challenge launched by the then Commission for Equality and Women's Rights (now CIG: Commission for Citizenship and...

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“EDUCA”

2011 - Now

To create a group of immigrant or immigrant descendent mediators (giving them training and support) in order to develop activities of animation and mediation in contexts signalled by the teachers, functioning as a resource for the various educational activities. These mediators are interlocutors...

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Catania

Sapori Cult (Flavour Cult)

2016

Sapori Cult aims to create a food brand that promotes integration using traditional Sicilian herbs, African spices and local produce of excellence. The project involves migrant and Italian youth, as well as skilled professionals from the food sector. It promotes integration and social inclusion...

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Copenhagen

The Copenhagen Host Programme

2016

Copenhagen’s Host Programme seeks to facilitate encounters between newly arrived migrants and Copenhageners who wish to volunteer as hosts. It is coordinated by the city’s Department for Integration and Language which is responsible for administrating the Integration Act in the municipality of...

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The Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (DCAI)

2016

DCAI acts as a ‘centre of the mind’ or think-tank for the intercultural transformation of the cultural sector, rather than as a physical public space of meeting, although it is housed in a centre of global culture and world music. Its aim is to create a national platform which reflects the...

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Three year plans for Integration

2016

Engage in Copenhagen was a three year inclusion program, designed to function as a catalyst for the City of Copenhagen’s new inclusion policy and vision for the city, from 2011-2014 The goal of Engage in Copenhagen program was to start a number of initiatives with the common aim of making...

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World Interfaith Harmony Week

Permanent

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was launched by the United Nations in 2011 as a decentralised initiative, taking place all over the world every year in the first week of February. It is a week of interfaith dialogue and interaction, including events such as “harmony breakfasts”, movie...

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Donostia-San Sebastian

Cultural Diversity in the San Sebastian School Agenda 21

21 June 2018

During the 2017-2018 school year, around 15,000 students from 28 schools in San Sebastian participated in the Agenda 21 School programme, which this year was dedicated to the study of Cultural Diversity. Through different activities, students have been able to discover what cultural diversity is,...

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House of Peace and Human Rights

2016

The city is encapsulating much of this knowledge, experience and aspiration in a new institution, the House of Peace and Human Rights. In the founding document of the House the city states: “We are convinced that intercultural dialogue, the reinforcement of social cohesion, the respect for...

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Local Ombudsman

2016

The Office of the Ombudsman is a substantial, active and well-respected institution. Whilst the role bears some comparisons to Ombudsmen elsewhere in the world, the Spanish model, and the San Sebastián specifically is in many ways far more impressive. The institution was created in 1989 and has...

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Möbius

2016

San Sebastian is constructing a new building which could be used by different faith groups separately or together, located in the university grounds, to provide a symbolic representation of interfaith principles. This had been created as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations by...

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Supporting Culturally Diverse NGOs

Implemented for one year in 2018

The initiative consists in giving grants to culturally diverse people and NGOs in order to implement projects which promote the participation of migrants, ethnic minorities and local citizens in activities that foster coexistence and interaction. These projects will consist of: welcoming,...

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The Amara Berri System

2016

If we are to develop a more intercultural sensibility to the creating and using of public space then it would surely help to nurture the skills as early as possible, such as in primary school. The Escuela Pública Amara Berri, in San Sebastian which has come up with its own method of teaching...

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The Human Rights Film Festival

2018

The Human Rights Film Festival is an initiative that uses the power of the cinema to promote a culture of peace and respect for human rights among the citizenry, becoming a great agent of social change. For a week in April, around 50 films are programmed in one of the main theatres of the city,...

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The Next Door Family

2016

The project “Bizilagunak: La Familia de al lado” started in 2012, and the idea is to gather migrant families and Basque families together. The project operates on a local area, focusing on building relations among families within the same neighbourhood; the final goal is to build a net of...

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Welcome to school

Two years from September 2015 to October 2017

The action was implemented in the framework of the city’s intercultural strategy. It is aimed at introducing a comprehensive intercultural approach in schools, favouring the integration of newly-arrived families and encouraging newcomers to learn more about the Basque culture and language. The...

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Dublin

Community Grants

Community Development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Dublin City Council aims to support community groups with their activities and projects by promoting participation and involvement in the city through the...

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Public Participation Networks (PPN)

July 2017

Public Participation Networks (PPN) are a mechanism for greater community participation in local government and present opportunities for input into policy and decision making. The PPNs are independent structures with one network being set up in each Local Authority Area. The Dublin City PPN is...

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Towards an Inclusive Public Transport Service

2016

Dublin City Council in partnership with Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Equality Authority of Ireland and partners in public transport launched a document 'Towards an Inclusive Public Transport Service in Ireland' on Friday 27th June 2014. This project developed with the One City One People...

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Erlangen

Anti-Rumour Picnic Banquet

2016

To launch the C4i Communication für Vielfalt (Communication for Diversity) campaign, the city of Erlangen built a banquet table over 180 meters in length and hosted a giant picnic along the main street of the city. About 1,000 native Erlangers and asylum seekers directly communicated and...

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Bergaktion

June 2017

The Bergkirchweih in Erlangen is a traditional festival, lasting 12 days and visited by 1 Million people per year. Since 2016, a Refugee Forum is active, consisting of 15 people from different countries, operating as multipliers between other refugees and organisations of Erlangen. The aim is to...

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Database of refugees

June 2017

For a long time, data about refugees in Erlangen were separately and independently collected different institutions, which led to tremendous information loss and additional workload. As an answer, the Executive Department for Refugee Coordination decided in spring 2016 to establish a central...

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Erlangen-Nürnberg: University enables access to education for refugees

2016 Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

In 2015, four times as many people fled to Europe from their home countries than the year before – all in all more than one million refugees – and migration continues to rise in 2016. The majority of refugees come from Syria. The scale of this migration presents many challenges for European...

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Guided tours of the Greatest Hits exhibition by members of Erlangen Refugee Forum : The best of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and today - from the Municipal Collection of Erlangen

December 2017 to February 2018

For the duration of the exhibition Greatest Hits (December 2017 to February 2018) the Kunstpalais offered guided tours in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Russian and Turkish for the first time. The guided tours specifically targeted the communities of refugees in Erlangen for a first mutual...

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Immigration city Erlangen

2016

We have learned where Lampedusa is located, have discussed why in 2005 French suburbs burned and understand that climate change will increase the number of immigrants to Europe. Despite this expertise, one popular fallacy still dominates Europe's immigration discourse: understanding immigration...

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Lyrical Bridge Building

2016

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...

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Music-making without language

June 2017

Since 2016, the school for music and singing of the City of Erlangen offers two classes, working without any language. People of distinct origin, including refugees, come together to make music. Participating is simple, there is no need for registration of any kind. Everyone who is interested in...

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Postcard campaign on “Diversity-Day”

One day project

At the initiative of the Diversity Charter, the “Diversity Day” was launched in 2013 and since then has taken place annually in Germany. During this day, the participating companies and institutions such as City of Erlangen, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg and Siemens...

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Refugee Forum

Every month since the beginning of 2016

Since 2016, a panel for refugees in Erlangen has been in operation. This panel represents a union of 15 persons who fled from different countries and who operate as multipliers between other refugees and organisations of Erlangen to promote the participation of refugees. The aim of this panel is...

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Siemens’ program for integrating refugees

2016

With a population of 100 000, the City of Erlangen is home to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (35,000 students) and the numerous branch offices of Siemens AG (25 000 employees). Since January 2015 the city of Erlangen and Siemens have been working hand in hand to provide 10 internships for...

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The value of a city Integration Charter

2016

The City of Erlangen is becoming more and more multicultural and, today, about the 34% of its inhabitants have a migration background. In order to encourage social cohesion, the city has redacted an Integration Charter that illustrates the integration strategy plan. More importantly, this charter...

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The Welcome App

June 2017

A considerable number of refugees coming to Germany are overwhelmed by the foreign culture, unable to cope with the resident administrative systems and paralysed because of the language barrier. Still, a lot of these people are in possession of a smartphone. This is why the city of Erlangen...

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Fermo

Households welcome migrants!

Implemented for two months, from January to February 2018

The Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (SPRAR), created by Law No 189/2002, made up of the network of local institutions that implement reception projects for forced migrants in cooperation with voluntary sector organisations, undertake ‘integrated reception’ interventions going...

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Fuenlabrada

The City of Fuenlabrada publishes a catalogue of anti-rumours activities to fight against racism

2018

In March 2018, the City Council of Fuenlabrada has published the “Fuenlabrada Antirumor Catalogue”, a guide with activities and games to fight against racism and promote intercultural coexistence in the city. The Catalogue has been prepared through a participatory process that has involved 16...

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Geneva

Geneva: the City tackles hurtful words

2018

At a time when social networks and digital communication are having a major impact on our everyday interaction, raising awareness of discriminatory remarks and speech is a real challenge for public authorities. The amount of information and the speed at which it flashes across our screens mean...

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LGBT Asylum

2016

The City of Geneva supports lesbians, gay, bi and trans* (LGBT) organisations and associations active in the field of asylum, which have launched a joint programme of study and action. LGBT questions have become a major issue of migration internationally over recent years. Increasingly people...

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The 'Whole family' approach

2016

Geneva has adopted a ‘whole family’ approach to schooling whereby teachers are required to build closer links with families to understand the external factors that might influence a child’s ability to learn. In the case of foreigners this means attempting to welcome them in their mother tongue....

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The Inter-religious Platform of Geneva

2016

An inter-religious platform in Geneva has been developed and runs a range of activities to generate dialogue and relationships between people following diverse religions and philosophies in civil society, recognising diversity within different groups, and tackle common objectives together. This...

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Getxo

Beyond Frontiers

Activity in progress since September 2017

The activity consists in the participation of students from interested schools in a training itinerary that is made of three parts: Teacher training in issues linked to forced displacement; Three-day stay by 2nd-year ESO students (12-13 years of age) at the Loyola Sanctuary (Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa)....

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Getxo “For diversity against discrimination”

2018

"For diversity, against discrimination" is the slogan that the city of Getxo has chosen to mark the whole set of activities promoted for the International Day against Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia. Planned thanks to a collaboration among the city, civil society organisations, and citizens,...

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Haifa

Community – Police relationship

Four months from March to June 2017 (pilot in one neighbourhood)

The goal of the programme is to increase the feeling of security among Haifa’s more vulnerable residents and neighbourhoods and to improve the police force’s ability to carry out its role through the process of developing cultural competency skills and building trust between the police and the...

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Department for Civil Organization inclusiveness

2018

In 2018 the city of Haifa has set up a new Department under the city secretary office in order to strengthen the cooperation both among the civil organization themselves and between the organizations and the Municipality. The new department addresses all civil organisations in the city and is now...

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Haifa Center for Dialogue and Conflict Management

Ongoing activities

The Haifa Centre for Dialogue and Conflict Management works to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for all of Haifa’s residents by providing dispute resolution services and by helping residents and institutions build their capacities of resilience. The Centre provides...

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Religious Leaders’ Forum: Building shared leadership leading intercultural attitude

2018 on

The Haifa Forum for Interfaith Cooperation (HaiFIC) is a diverse group of spiritual and religious leaders from many different religions and cultures represented in the city of Haifa, in order to promote interaction between the faiths and foster coexistence. It fulfills the need for a distinctly...

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Tachles: Arab-Jewish Youth Club

Ongoing activities (Since 2012)

Tachles is a unique group in Haifa that brings together 150 Arab and Jewish teenagers, incorporating various groups separated by age and special interests, to meet together for about three hours per week for joint activities on the basis of common interests. The programme aims to address the fact...

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The “Third Dimension” – an experiential exhibition and space for educating on tolerance and intercultural attitude

2018 on

"The Third Dimension - Exhibition and Learning Space” seeks to offer a unique and meaningful experience about the possibility of multiple perspectives and the deconstruction of hegemonic narratives. It strives to cross personal and collective boundaries in a way that exposes the potential of...

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Hamburg

LUCIDE

2016

LUCIDE is a network seeks to develop ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. Through building up a picture of how communication occurs in multilingual settings across the EU and beyond, it aims to help institutions (councils, schools, hospitals) and local and national...

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Ioannina

Urban response coordination

since April 2017

The city of Ioannina has set up an Urban Working Group with the aim to: 1) ensure a coordinated urban response 2) guarantee the sustainability of initiatives that are already proving to be relevant for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and 3) the adoption and adaptation of other good...

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Jerez de la Frontera

Local Council for Women

The Local Council for Women is a body which complements the work of the City Council of Jerez de la Frontera, whose purpose is to channel direct citizen participation in the management of the municipality. It is set-up with consultative functions carried out in a collegial manner and it is...

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Kirklees

New Group on Diversity in the Workplace Formed in Kirklees

Kirklees, United Kingdom

DIVERSITY = INNOVATION is a new group formed by employers and businesses in the Kirklees (UK) district, to focus upon reaping the opportunities of the diversity advantage in the labour market and enterprise. Founder members include major local private sector companies such as Cummins Turbo...

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Limassol

Limassol: One city, the whole world

Two years from February 2016 to January 2018 (with the possibility of renewal for an additional year).

The action is being implemented for the second consecutive year and fifth year in total. Its renewal for an additional year is planned on January 2018. Limassol municipality is the lead partner and co-ordinator of the action. The action consists of several activities around the following six...

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Limerick

Anti-Rumours in Education

2016

To develop a more sustainable model of working with Anti-Rumours, the C4i team in Limerick, with the participation Anti-Rumour Advocates and local networks around third-level education, came up with an idea that Anti-Rumours could be embedded into the post-secondary teaching and learning. Each...

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Lisbon

Lisbon’s dedicated structure responsible for interculturality.

Centre of Interculturality (“Núcleo da Interculturalidade”)

Permanent

The City Council has a dedicated structure in its Department for Social Rights, specifically its Division for Cohesion and Youth, responsible for promoting interculturality in the city. It includes the following bodies: The Municipal Council for Interculturality and Citizenship (CMIC) is an...

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A reception for newcomers and migrants living in Lisbon.

International Migrants Day in the Lisbon City Hall

2017

On International Migrants Day (18th December), initiated by the United Nations in 2000, Lisbon City Hall hosted a reception for newcomers and migrants living in the city. The event was organised by the Municipal Council for Interculturality and Citizenship (CMIC), a consultative structure that...

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Lisbon’s ethnic economy

2016

The contribution of immigrants to the dynamics of Lisbon economy is significant, not only in the city centre and in inner city but also in several residential areas scattered throughout Lisbon. The opening of a diverse set of business creates new jobs, promotes interculturality, as well as giving...

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Safer Alta de Lisboa

2016

Since 2007, the Lisbon Municipal Police (LMP) has been developing a community policing strategy, seeking the maintenance of public tranquillity, the improvement of the quality of life, and good intercultural relations in the city. To this end, the participation of the LMP in community groups has...

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Turning a segregated space into an intercultural experience.

The Fusion Market (“Mercado de Fusão”)

Permanent

The Fusion Market on Lisbon’s Martim Moniz square brings together various tastes and sounds from around the world, with food stalls serving freshly prepared street food from all continents and the square offering a space for music and cinema. The market is open every day of the week and is a...

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The Ubuntu Bridges Programme in Lisbon (“Programa Pontes Ubuntu”)

The Ubuntu Bridges Programme was launched in 2010, starting with its “Ubuntu Leadership Academy” and later expanding with its “Ubuntu Social Incubator”, its “Ubuntu Lives Project” and other Ubuntu initiatives. The entire programme aims at tackling social exclusion and restoring human dignity...

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Todos – Walk of Cultures

2016

Todos (Everyone) is a festival which makes simultaneous impacts in a variety of policy arenas. It is an annual festival of world music and culture which combines international professionals with local performers. It is a peripatetic event being located in a particular neighbourhood of the city...

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World Interfaith Harmony Week

Permanent

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was launched by the United Nations in 2011 as a decentralised initiative, taking place all over the world every year in the first week of February. It is a week of interfaith dialogue and interaction, including events such as “harmony breakfasts”, movie...

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Inspiration and guidance for foreign students.

“Study in Lisbon” Website

2018

The website “Study in Lisbon” is directed specifically at foreign students, encouraging them to pursue their studies in Lisbon (“10 reasons to study in Lisbon”) as well as providing information for those preparing their stay (e.g. information on accommodation and scholarships) or for those...

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Logan

Opening Doors: The Logan Police/Ethnic Communities Partnerships Project

2016

Logan City was growing rapidly and overseas migration and there was concern that levels of trust between young migrants and the Police were very low. After some public conflict, parents and ethnic community elders asked the NGO MultiLink to facilitate a meeting between police, young people and...

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Logroño

Urban trends. Open micro

“Urban trends and open micro” is a space for participation of young people from different backgrounds in the city of Logroño. Despite their official status as citizens of Logroño, and the fact that these young people share common formal spaces in Secondary Schools, they kept separating in the...

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London-Lewisham

Designing intercultural public space

2016

In 2006-7 the Borough of Lewisham conducted research into public attitudes.. Residents complained of loneliness and alienation, intergenerational suspicion and fear of using certain public spaces. Public discussion forums were set up which elicited a great deal of deep knowledge about local...

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Having Faith in Lewisham

2016

Lewisham is characterised by a high degree of demographic transience and social atomisation and traditional bonds of neighbourhood or ethnic and national identity are not as strong as might usually be encountered elsewhere. This might well explain why religion seems to have emerged as the...

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Local Assemblies

2016

This programme started in 2008 and consists in a forum during which the Council talks to the residents, community organisations, police and businesses in order to create a sense of ownership and improve areas and neighborhoods (the 18 wards). The local planning groups organise the meetings,...

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The Big Lunch

2016

The Big Lunch is an idea which has grown in popularity across the UK, but the London Borough of Lewisham is acknowledged as one of the hotspots. The Big Lunch is a very simple idea originated by the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have...

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Young Mayor

2018

Lewisham Young Mayor is a robust attempt to put real power and responsibility in the hands of young people and treat them seriously. The Young Mayor is elected by direct ballot every year and – along with a cabinet of young advisors – is given a budget to initiate a programme of work, as well as...

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Loures

O Bairro e o Mundo

2016

Quinta do Mocho was for many years the most stigmatized of neighbourhoods in Loures, associated with poverty, crime and ethnic exclusion. Through Loures’ membership of the C4i project, a determined effort was made to change the district’s image amongst the citizens of the wider region. During...

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Lutsk

Adaptation of Internally Displaced

January 2016 - present

As a part of its Intercultural Strategy, the city authorities pay particular attention to facilitating the IDPs adaptation in Lutsk through a specially directed policy that involves social adaptation, employment, social activity support, cultural and artistic development. To this end, a...

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Culture is the basis of community sustainable development

2018

The Policy includes the creation of artistic platforms for interaction between different groups of the population and individual citizens such as: representatives of ethnic groups and different religions of Lutsk, internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the East of Ukraine and Lutsk citizens,...

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Increasing awareness about Islam and reducing anti-Muslim stereotypes

2018

“Interpretation of Surahs of the Quran” is an initiative aimed to dismantle stereotypes about Islam and Muslim world in general, in order to build a peaceful intercultural society in Ukrainian urban communities. Since the crisis in Crimea, many Crimean Tatars who profess Islam have moved to other...

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Lutsk Castle – United by a common history

2018

The Lutsk Castle serves as a center of intercultural dialogue and interaction, offering a public space for all nationalities and ethnicities living in the city and aiming to unite people by drawing attention to their common history. It hosts various cultural events, such as festivals or art-shows...

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“Identity Map: the Language of Dissent”, an artistic performance to minimise racial, gender or sexual discrimination and to promote tolerance and inclusiveness in city community

2018

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is often a ‘tongue-tied’ but real issue in the urban communities of the countries with young or developing democracies. For the first time, a sizeable public attention was brought to this issue by one of the ICC-Ukraine members – the city of Lutsk –...

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Lyon

Association Tabadol

2016

Tabadol is an association which takes an ‘anti-bias’ approach involving four steps: recognising and valuing the individual in its identity, valuing the diversity of identities in a group, identifying situations of injustice associated with identities by enabling people to express the injustices...

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Fabuleuses traversées

2016

In an effort to find out more about their origins and their present identities, the pupils of a final year class (CM2) at Jean Giono primary school in Lyon put on a show in April 2014, after six months’ preparation in the form of workshops. The show consisted of the projection of pictures and...

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La Maison des Passages

2016

The Maison was founded by a multi-ethnic cultural association which set up the centre as an autonomous space of cultural production with and for local people. Their interest was in researching ‘hidden history’: the colonial past, collaboration in the Second World War, racism and torture in the...

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Les Artpenteurs

2016

Les Artpenteurs are a multidisciplinary theatre company from Lyon. Working within a diverse neighbourhood, with many returnees from north Africa, established families from migrant backgrounds and new immigrants, the theatre company approaches the languages of their area as an undervalued...

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Melitopol

A Smile of a Child

2016

Melitopol has taken in very many Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) as a consequence of the trouples in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. “A Smile of a Child” was started by a Melitopol IDP Ms. Marina Lyh. A lawyer by profession, Marina did not wish to see herself as a helpless and inactive victim in...

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Intercultural Map of Melitopol

2 months: August and September 2017

One out of five main dimensions of the ICC Strategy of Melitopol is intercultural tourism and hospitality. It is along the lines of this dimension that the local ICC coordinator launched “Intercultural Map” Initiative in August 2017. The “Intercultural Map” is an incarnation of an ambitious idea...

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Measuring cultural empathy

2016

Melitopol is a city of the Azov region where, for more than 225 years, there has been a harmonious coexistence of ethnic-religious and national minorities. Today it is the home to over 158,000 residents, belonging to 93 ethnic and religious groups. Upon the initiative of the NGO “Democracy...

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Melitopol Intercultural Integration Plan 2015-2020’

2016

Whilst war and interethnic conflict has raged to the east (Donbass) and south (Crimea) of it, the city of Melitopol has held on tightly to its intercultural principles by hosting events and issuing policy statements. In September 28-29, 2015 the city of Melitopol hosted the intercultural forum ...

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Weeks of culture

July 2018

The Council of National Communities of Melitopol usually holds one or two-day Reporting Event annually as part of the city Intercultural Integration Plan. However, in 2018, the Crimean Tatar community “Azat”, the Jewish community and the Ukrainian-Belorussian cultural-educational society...

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Milan

#iorispetto: active citizenship against discrimination

2018-2019

In 2018 the ICC cities of Milan, Palermo and Turin, together with Albano Laziale and with the technical support of ICEI - Economic Cooperation Institute International, AMMI, Amnesty International , and COREP - Consortium for Research and Lifelong Learning Turin, have launched the project...

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Montreal

Anti Rumours training in Montreal

2018

In preparation of the launch of its Anti-Rumours Strategy, the city of Montreal organised an anti-rumours training for local stakeholders on 12-16 March. This was an intensive week of meetings and training session focussed on: empowering the city’s actions and programmes through capacity building...

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Awareness-raising project on inclusion in the workplace (V2 of the anti-rumours strategy)

2018/2019

The City of Montreal aims to create favourable conditions enabling all its inhabitants to participate fully in social and economic life. Like other major cities around the world, it aims to be a trailblazer in this area and to convey a strong and positive message. In the context of a future...

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Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+)

2018

refers to the notion of intersectionality. It means that, in addition to gender-differentiated analysis, it is important to consider needs and differentiated effects in the light of other circumstances. This concept is used to measure the impact of multiple discrimination on grounds that include...

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Habiter la mixité (Living in the mix)

2016

Today, just over one in four Montrealers is a first generation immigrant. Montreal has become unquestionably a multi-ethnic city. The City Council openly acknowledges that all newcomers contribute to confirm the cosmopolitan character of the city, and that their contribution will enrich the...

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Integration – work- training programme (PITF)

since May 2017 to December 2018

This project, which was launched in May 2017, aims to speed up the integration of newcomers in the jobs market, while supporting the largest Montreal employers in testing and assessing innovative processes for recruiting, integrating and retaining newly arrived skilled workers in Quebec. The City...

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Montreal launches a policy of non-discriminatory access to all municipal services

On June 5, Rosannie Filato, head of public security on the Executive Committee, and Magda Popeanu, vice-president of the Executive Committee and head of culture and diversity in Montreal, unveiled two new actions by the Bureau d'intégration des nouveaux arrivants de Montréal (BINAM) to strengthen...

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Montreal unveils its first immigration action plan to help newcomers integrate

18 December 2018

Entitled Montréal inclusive, the 3-year action plan unveiled on 5 December by the mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante, together with Magda Popeanu, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, came about following consultations with immigrants and those who work with immigrants,...

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The City of Montreal runs a training course on the co-development of integrated projects which have a significant social impact.

2018

Montreal is characterised by its extensive community network, and the municipal administration recognises the exceptional work carried out by community organisations (non-profit organisations) (OBNL) in the field. These organisations, which are well entrenched in their communities, meet many...

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The Montreal Intercultural Council

permanent

The Montreal Intercultural Council (CiM) advises, and issues opinions to, the City Council and the executive committee on all issues of interest to the cultural communities and on any another matter relating to intercultural relationships. It seeks opinions and receives and hears requests and...

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Towards an urban citizenship fostering the participation of all

Montreal, Canada

Following the first steps undertaken at the 2017 Summer conference of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD), held in Montréal under the banner of “participation without exclusion”, the Conseil interculturel de Montréal (CIM) has just issued a statement complemented by...

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Training course on intercultural communication in the workplace

The City of Montreal organises in-service training for its employers and managers in order to develop their intercultural skills and in particular to: Identify and overcome obstacles to efficient intercultural communication in the workplace; Identify and put into perspective the way in which...

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Neuchâtel

A road map to promote egalitarian government open to diversity

2018

This roadmap is an unprecedented step in Switzerland and is designed not only to combat discrimination but to capitalise on diversity proactively so as to create a climate fostering creativity and dynamism. Through this innovative approach, the Canton is making an exemplary commitment to ensure...

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AGRIV project

2016

In the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the regional Integration Office and the Neuchâtel Chamber of Agriculture and Viticulture are working together on the AGRIV project. Since September this year, a group of refugees with previous agricultural experience has been following a 6-week training...

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Integration and citizen awareness Programme

2016

Integration and citizen awareness programs constitute a specific mechanism for audiences with variable skills in French and different time availability. The objective is to get migrants acquainted with their new environment of life and help them practice the French language in everyday...

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NEUCHÀTOI

2016

Neuchàtoi is an ongoing campaign and dialogue platform to create an open discussion of how the city of Neuchâtel is evolving over many years of immigration, in terms of its identity and intercultural relations. Formed as a community trust, The Neuchàtoi Association initiates and encourages...

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Neuchâtel Action Week against Racism

Each year in March

Every March for the last 20 years, the Service de la cohésion multiculturelle (COSM) (Multicultural Cohesion Service) and the Forum tous différents tous égaux (FTDTE) (All Different-All Equal Forum) have organised and co-ordinated the Semaine neuchâteloise d’actions contre le racisme (SACR) (the...

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Neuchâtel Action Week against Racism

2018

Neuchâtel canton stages anti-racism campaign (SACR) from 18 to 30 March 2018 Every year since 1995, the Service de la cohésion multiculturelle (the Multicultural Cohesion Service) and the Forum tous différents tous égaux (All Different-All Equal Forum) have organised an event around 21 March,...

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Project Prosperimo

6 months (July-December 2017) + 8 months’ employment

The Prosperimo project aims to ensure the employability of the participants as kitchen assistants while raising restaurant owners’ awareness of refugees’ skills. The learners selected for the project (through interviews and tests) first received training as kitchen assistants for two months,...

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Renewal of the CICM

18 months with the appointment of members in November 2017

The members of the Community for Integration and Multicultural Cohesion (CICM) must be reappointed by the State Council (Executive) for the next four years (2018-2021). Following various discussions and a consultation with the CICM, it was decided to reduce the number (from 41 to 25), whilst...

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Salut l'étranger-ère!

2016

Since 1995 Neuchâtel State Council has been making an annual award of 7,000 CHF to a group or an individual who, through a work, a performance, an act or even a word or an attitude, has made an outstanding contribution to: raising awareness of the need for inter-ethnic and inter-religious...

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Novellara

Italian Language courses for migrant women

2018

The local administration of Novellara has always had the will to create new chances for dialogue and inclusion. In the spring of 2017, a new project has been launched, aimed at enhancing the integration of the numerous foreign communities that live in Novellara. The idea was to create a project...

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Odessa

Urban Parks

2015 - present

Odessa joined the ICC-Ukraine network only in 2017 and is now working on its intercultural strategy following the recommendations from its ICC Index analysis. Nevertheless, Odessa’s policies have been always interculturally oriented in a sense that the city administration has always intended to...

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Oslo

Educational equality in Oslo

2016

Long before Oslo became a multi-ethnic city, there was already a distinct east/west division in the city on the basis of social class and income. Educational professionals have been anxious that this should not be exacerbated by the high levels of immigration over recent years. They noted that...

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Guide on Equal Services: preventing discrimination through intersectionality

2018

The OXLO guide for equal services is a manual on the city’s internet and intranet webpages, with guidelines for the city’s agencies, districts and services on how to make Oslo a city for all – provide equal opportunities regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability. Actions Seminar...

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Intercultural Museum

2016

The Intercultural Museum was founded to reflect intercultural reality of Oslo which other museums were failing to do. It was set up as a public foundation which undertook a prize-winning transformation of an old police station and in 2006 merged with two other museums including the old City...

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Local Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities

2018 (permanent)

In 2018 the City Council decided to set up a wide-ranging committee with a mandate to propose a comprehensive green paper on the city’s policy on religion and life stance philosophy, reflecting the diverse and multi-religious citizenry of Oslo. The Local Council for Religion and Life Stance...

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Mediation panel – a low threshold mediation service for complaints on discrimination

2018

The mediation panel organised by the Norwegian Peoples Aid is a service where victims of discrimination can present their complaints, get advice, and engage in dialogue through mediation with the offenders the police and the discrimination tribunal in cases that don’t meet the criteria of...

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Norwegian Center for Multicultural Value Creation

2016

Oslo City Council’s Office for Business Development has taken an active stance on integrating minority businesses. The greatest problem such businesses have is with the complexity of Norwegian rules and regulations regarding taxation and business practice. Many small businesses contravene the law...

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OMOD

2016

There is a large and very active voluntary sector concerned with diversity in Oslo and it plays a vital role in many things from combating racism and discrimination to the delivery of mainstream public services. One of the most interesting from an intercultural perspective is OMOD - Organisasjon...

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OXLO - Oslo Extra Large

2016

OXLO - Oslo Extra Large is a long-term awareness-raising campaign initiated by the Mayor of Oslo in 2001 in response to a racist murder. Through this campaign the City of Oslo is striving to make Norway’s capital a more tolerant city, free from racism and prejudice. It is based on the City of...

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OXLO Business Charter - making migrants visible as a resource for business and economic growth

since 2016 on

Launched in 2013 at the Oslo Global Mobility Forum, the OXLO Business Charter has not only been sustained, but further empowered through the integration of new tools, including the ICC Rating Diversity in Business tool. The Charter is a forum and a network for collaboration between the city and...

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PROUD OSLO – Action Plan for Equality and Freedom regardless of Gender Expression, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

until 2023

Proud Oslo is an action plan launched in 2015 to increase respect for gender diversity among Oslo residents, create greater confidence for sexual minorities at risk of being socially marginalised, and increase the competence of municipal employees on gender expression and sexual orientation. The...

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The Oslo Barometer for an Inclusive City

2018 on

In the Oslo Barometer is a project launched by the City of Oslo to measure and link the result of the inclusion and integration policies and the impact these have on society. Social impact aims are set in the goals and vision of the City master plan, as well as in the criteria for grant schemes...

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The “Boost Refugee” programme

2018 on

Boost Refugee is a programme for community entrepreneurs that facilitates access to the job market for newly arrived refugees in Oslo. The development of BOOST Refugee started at the initiative of the City of Oslo that contacted relevant stakeholders (SoCentral and Lundin Foundation, among...

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