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Dublin conference to discuss impact of ‘interculturalism’

Next month, experts and elected officials from across Europe will gather in Dublin to discuss key themes of intercultural integration.

The 6-8 February event, a landmark of the Irish EU Presidency and the Andorran Council of Europe Chairmanship, will examine how the intercultural cities initiative, developed by the Council of Europe and the European Union, is working in practice.

The intercultural cities programme, which offers a “comprehensive methodology” for helping cities develop diversity strategies and provides a range of analytical tools, has been adopted by more than 60 cities in Europe and has also found support in japan, Korea, Mexico and Canada.

Local authorities from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be represented at the conference.

They will examine how “urban policies can be shaped through the intercultural lens” and the intercultural strategies adopted by different cities.

Intercultural integration, seen by some as the successor to multiculturalism, implies “a strategic reorientation of urban governance and policies to encourage adequate representation, positive intercultural mixing and interaction and institutional capacity to deal with cultural conflict.”

The concept also recognises diversity as an advantage, seeing migrants and minorities as “a resource for local economic, social and cultural development and not only as vulnerable groups in need of welfare support and services, or as a threat to social cohesion.”

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The Essential

Conference: Making diversity work for cities (6-8 February)

Conference: Business partnerships for the Intercultural City – Making the Diversity Advantage real

Podcast: The challenge of diversity

Information: Governance and policies for diverse communities

Conference: Equal access for Europe’s minority language speakers

Podcast: Censorship, human rights and the campaign against online hate speech

Podcast: Tackling police racism

Podcast: The Last Rites For Multiculturalism?

Podcast: Europe’s Identity Crisis

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