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Mexico City’s new policies on interculturality and integration

Mexico City’s future intercultural strategy was discussed in a forum that took place in the city at the end of August. As a result, Mexico City is in the process of adopting a law titled “Hospitality, Intercultural Attention to Migrants and Human Mobility in the Federal District”. Mexico City is one of the most diverse […]


Integration of Migrants is Key to Cross-Cultural Relations

Inter-Ethnic City Roundtable: Management and Policies for a Better Integration of Migrants The integration of migrants, specifically in cities, is critical for the improvement of cooperative relations among peoples from different cultures and religions. Urban planning can play a key function in facilitating the inclusion of migrants. Held in September 2009 in the UN in […]

The 2011 conference ‘Learning to Live in a Multicultural World: Diaspora and Peacemaking in Europe’ Report

Author: Initiatives of Change International and CAUX-Initiatives of Change, Conference Report Date: 2011 Over the last few years, Europe has become more culturally and religiously diverse. While migration to and from Europe is not a new phenomenon, it has taken on a different form and shape in recent years. It has led to multicultural societies […]

Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: Indianapolis Model, 2000 – 2007

The first issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: Indianapolis Model, 2000-2007 examines in depth the case study of Indianapolis, Indiana and its efforts to integrate its Latino population.

Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative, Littleton, Colorado

The Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative (LI3) first appeared in 2003 with the goal of integrating all international newcomers into the Littleton community. Alongside this Initiative, the Littleton government also created the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center, which in 2009 merged with LI3. LI3 works to create a community in which all people feel like they belong by supporting services and programs for local immigrant families, bridging language and cultural differences through cultural and informational events, developing a committed donor and volunteer base and initiating fundraising opportunities. LI3 is always looking to fund new immigrant projects and initiatives.

Immigrant Relations and Integration Services, Santa Clara County and San Jose, California

The Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County has an Immigrant Relations and Integration Services (IRIS) office that promotes the full inclusion of immigrants in Santa Clara County and works on projects that promote positive immigrant relations and integration services. IRIS strives to improve the lives of immigrants and all residents by recognizing and appreciating the contributions of immigrants, educating all county residents about the backgrounds of and challenges affecting immigrants and fostering a multicultural community.

Safe Integration Project

The Safe Integration Project (SIP) was launched by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario, Canada with the aim to prevent family violence within families coming from conflict zones that have experienced pre-migration trauma. SIP provides families and individuals coming from conflict zones with crisis intervention skills and safe […]

Cameron’s statement on migrant integration and reactions from other countries

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister said on February 5th that State multiculturalism has failed and left young Muslims vulnerable to radicalization. Cameron reminded the necessary active participation of migrants in their communities. “A passively tolerant society… stands neutral between different values,” he said. “A genuinely liberal country does much more. It believes in certain values and […]

Integration through rites of passage

Rites of passage can be found in every culture. They can have biological or cultural roots. They constitute an important example of exclusion/inclusion, discrimination/integration processes. Understanding these rites contributes to deconstruct wrong perceptions about ethno-religious identities. “Rites of Passage as a means for interculturality” consisted on 20 workshops organized in welcoming classrooms of Luxemburg. Around 120 youth from 12 to 17 years old have raised their awareness on the issue, half of them with a migrant background from Cape Verde, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, China or Kosovo. Workshops employed the methodology of diversity education.

Language requirements in UK: migration control or integration policy?

UK immigration minister Damian Green has recently spoken to the BBC about the new English tests that will be required for spouses and partners of migrants. To date, the Ministry of Immigration in the UK justified the language policy to the public by talking about the role it will play in promoting integration of migrants. […]

Philosopher Habermas on migration and multiculturalism in Germany

Prestigious philosopher Jürgen Habermas, professor emeritus of philosophy at Goethe University in Frankfurt expresses his concerns about politicians that “can divert the social anxieties of their voters into ethnic aggression against still weaker social groups.” Habermas believes that integration of Muslim Turkish migrants and their descendants has generally been a success in Germany. Although, in some economically depressed areas there is certainly a problem of isolation from mainstream society.

Ireland’s Intercultural Education Strategy

The Strategy aims to ensure that a) All students experience an education that “respects the diversity of values, beliefs, languages and traditions in Irish society and is conducted in a spirit of partnership” and b) All education providers are assisted with ensuring that inclusion and integration within an intercultural learning environment become the norm. It is designed to be relevant to the full spectrum of education provisison, from ECCE to lifelong and further learning, due to the commonality of the findings of the sectoral consultations. The Strategy is firmly evidence based, so that it acknowledges existing good practice in Ireland and seeks to build on this to enhance the development of an intercultural, integrated and inclusive learning environment, based on an evolving attitude.

Youth and Integration in New Zealand – Report

The Centre for applied Cross-Cultural Research and the Va’aomanu Pasifika Victoria University of Wellington has issued a report on Youth and Integration. The report summarizes the findings of the research project Youth Voices, Youth Choices: Identity, Integration and Social Cohesion in Culturally Diverse Aotearoa/New Zealand (YVYC). The project aimed to “engage youth from diverse ethnic, […]

Multicultural center Sweden

My name is Aline Cordeiro Andersson. I live in Sweden. My project is simply about the better integration of immigrants in the country. My articles were published twice and my municipality received my project with great interest. Örnsköldsvik’s Diversity Center will be a good example in all the Nordic countries about positive cultural exchange and migration. It will offer seminars with social workers and ordinary immigrants (and refugees), there should be an open videoroom showing films from around the world and there should be books that everyone can read about different countries. There will be a knowledge center. This project is intended not only for Örnsköldsvik, but for the whole of Sweden and even Europe.

Migration and Integration in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is notable – beyond any other Brazilian city – for the level of inter-ethnic mixing evident in the streets and public places. Brazilian associations believe that inter-ethnic conviviality is the default position in Brazil and as drugs and economic inequality are gradually brought under control it would become more apparent to outsiders. In general , it is the cities of the south which are both experiencing the highest level of migration and are showing the greatest propensity for innovation in order to solve the problems of growth and integration.

Migration and Integration in Cairo

In the last decades, Egypt has increasingly become a destination country for irregular migration as well as a transit country for migrants coming mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa en route to Europe, transiting through Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Three kinds of migrants arrive to Egypt: asylum seekers, internal migration from Upper Egypt and migrants from other countries that use Cairo as a stepping stone before emigrating to the EU.

Migration and Integration in Singapore

the City is now is a true melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arabic communities. With four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) and an impressive number of religions practiced (Buddhism and Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, and 15% with no religious affiliation), Singapore is a true example of a cosmopolitan City.

Irish Churches together in the promotion of integration and diversity

The Irish Inter-Church Meeting, representing Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, affirmed its commitment with integration of migrants, multiculturalism and diversity in the country. The statement that sets out 10 specific commitments was issued yesterday in Belfast. Some of the commitments include “to recognise and appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity as gifts of God”; fight against […]

Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally

The Western Australian Government has produced a practical guide to assist local governments improve their responsiveness to the increasingly diverse needs of communities in Western Australia. The ‘Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally’ was produced by the Office of Multicultural Interests, Department of Local Government. It is a practical tool to assist local governments to plan and deliver services that are inclusive of the needs of residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The guide includes a Multicultural Planning Framework, explanation of terms and case studies highlighting the innovative multicultural programs and experiences of several Western Australian local governments.

Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration

The MAII of the National League of Cities promotes civic engagement and naturalization among immigrant communities in cities throughout the U.S. Two program components promote immigrant integration: The NewCITYzen Naturalization Campaign focuses on highlighting the many benefits of naturalization – voting rights and beyond. Cities will have the opportunity to use the Campaign Toolkit to launch naturalization campaigns in their communities. The Campaign Toolkit is available to NLC member cities. The CITYzenship Community Initiative is designed to help city officials establish working relationships with immigrant communities and organizations.

Le Rôle des Villes dans l’Intégration

The difficult integration of Chinese migrants in Africa

In this article published by the chinese media website Danwei, Tessa Thorniley explores the reasons and consequences of Chinese migration in Africa, interviewing migrants and locals in Windhoek, Luanda, Beijing and Shanghai. Thorniley describes how the rapid growth of small Chinese-owned businesses is viewed by locals with suspicion and, in some cases, hostility. The estimated […]

Pratiques d’intégration

Australian broadcaster committed with multiculturalism

The Australian network SBS renews its commitment to ethnic communities. The board members of the multicultural and multilingual network “have attended a round of private dinners with ethnic community leaders in several states to garner their views on directions for the network.” This attention to communities’ needs contributes to their integration and reflects the diversity […]

Cultural events for intercultural dialogue

Learn About Us Through Culture (LAUTC) is a project based on a learning methodology developed by UNESCO called “Four Pillars of Education” which promotes participatory active learning. LAUTC aims to develop good practices applicable at EU level that values cultural events and their response to migrants and nationals’ intercultural needs in the local communities and involve migration stakeholders in the process.

Soccer contributes to integration in Australia

The Mock World Cup in the city of Hume in Australia promotes the participation of soccer players with different backgrounds and cultures. Immigrants from eight countries representing Nigeria, Nepal, China, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Eritrea, Tanzania and Sudan took part in the event. The initiative contributed to overcome language, cultural and social barriers with the universal language […]

Migration and Integration in the UNAOC Rio de Janeiro Forum

3rd Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (28-29 May 2010, Rio de Janeiro): a network of political and corporate leaders, civil society activists, youth, journalists, international organizations, and religious leaders convened and agreed on joint actions to combat prejudice and build the conditions for long-term peace. The working session Building Partnerships for the […]

Fostering Integration during Early Childhood

It is the task of integration to recognize risks and potentials early and to lower barriers through adapted measures. In this context children of migrants need to be able to take ad-vantage of the early childhood education and coaching.
The Federal Office for Migration and the Federal Commission for Migration have launched together the project “Fostering Integration during early childhood”. The goal of the project is to help migrant parents and their children to better reach the services offered in early child-hood development. In addition, the intercultural qualifications of the persons running those services will be improved. In the period from 2009 to 2011 a total number of 56 innovative projects are supported through the integration funds of the Confederation…

Handbook on how to implement a one-stop-shop for immigrant integration – The Portuguese experience

This Handbook is a source of inspiration for various actors in the European Union in implementing integration policies in the field of service provision. The Portuguese experience, within this innovative One-Stop-Shop strategy, managed to achieve good cooperation between different public services, located in the same building, together with the creation of new services to meet […]

Dialogue for Integration: engaging religious communities (DIRECT)

DIRECT is an EU-funded project that emphasizes two-way dialogue and integration, while employing a multifaith approach that seeks to include all religious denominations. Representatives of religious communities can play an important role in the integration of their communities’ members into new societies. The DIRECT project aspires at exploring this role in more detail by conducting research and through the promotion of an active dialogue between representatives of religious communities and host societies. DIRECT emphasizes two-way dialogue and integration, while employing a multifaith approach that seeks to include all religious denominations.

Center of International Migration and Integration – Jerusalem

CIMI seeks to share knowledge and good practices among migration policy-makers, practitioners, and community groups with the goal to improve the design and implementation of migration policies and projects. CIMI develops short and long-term courses, seminars to train professionals, governmental officials and field personnel; produces professional materials; develops new projects and upgrades practices in Israel and internationally. CIMI can rely on a wide network of associated professionals with varying fields of expertise, from language study and employment, to housing, education and cross-cultural bridging…

The Role of Cities in Integration

Cities are at the front line of integration challenge. Active involvement of local governments in integration enables progress, innovation and development. The experience made by local governments and mayors in managing cultural diversity should feed in to effective policy making at national level. This is why IBIS puts a special focus on urban centers, regions […]

Designing a model for a sustainable interfaith and intercultural network – Australia

The overall aim of this project is to design a model for a dynamic and sustainable interfaith and intercultural network for the northern region of Melbourne, a region famous for its cultural diversity. Based on active collaboration between the La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue, five municipalities and eight partner organizations from the faith and cultural sector the project is the first regionally developed network of its kind in Australia. It is intended that the network will connect various community-related organizations, such as government, religious, media, sporting, education and welfare bodies. This network will coordinate, supplement and enhance any pre-existing community based projects, plus provide recommendations to establish new framework(s) that will help improve the projects objectives…

Settlement and Integration in a small city

This community-based study looks at the settlement experiences of family immigrants in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The importance of this study is in the opportunity to learn about settlement challenges newcomers face in smaller communities. This study helps to understand what changes need to be made in order to better serve and support their on-going transition. The best practices discovered as a result of this research are as follows: information and education about the diversity of cultural norms needs to be introduced to a community at every level to facilitate understanding and cooperation. Greater collaboration between organizations working with immigrants will help the integration process. The main reasons that retain newcomers are: affordability of basic life needs, accessibility and proximity to services (health care,…

A media platform providing info on migration and integration themes

The purpose of this magazine is to make an objective, clear, and solution-oriented contribution to the discussion on migration, refugees, and integration. Focus on Integration is a media platform providing information about new projects, research, and initiatives for those working in the field of integration and migration. Focus on Integration is published quarterly for partners, NGOs, key communicators, employees, and others interested in the subject of integration. There are also special editions, such as the “European Funds” issue. Focus on Integration is an informational magazine aimed at the meeting users’ needs: current reports on the ÖIF’s plans and projects, experts, NGOs, and others working in the field of migration and integration can publish material on their projects and expertise, following the international and…

Intermarriage in Germany: a key indicator of integration

The rate of intermarriage has been increasing recently in Germany – it is a key indicator of integration.

The Integration Award for Sports

State Secretary, Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, initiated the “Association to Encourage Integration through Sports” and created the “Integration Award for Sports” in cooperation with the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF). Successful integration is combined with positive images in sports, contributing to an increased sense of “togetherness”. When people of different nationalities, religions, or with different worldviews meet through sports, there is generally no room for reservations; skills like tolerance, fairness, team spirit, and solidarity can be explored and shared. A jury comprising individuals from the fields of sports, business, and social affairs selects the best projects. They look closely at qualities like sustainability, originality, working method, visibility, and the level of volunteerism. The only condition is that the projects must have already…

Poll on Swiss public perceptions about Integration

47% recommend integration measures to reduce tensions between host people and newcomers, 39% consider that reducing immigration would be the most effective.

The integration of Muslim migrants in Europe

This new book explores the interaction between native majorities and Muslim minorities in different European countries.

Intercultural cities network

The Intercultural cities pilot developed a model for integration of migrants/minorities based on the analysis of innovative practice of cities across Europe and exploring the notion of diversity advantage (diversity can be a resource, not a threat, if managed properly). The pilot designed, tested and validated a comprehensive methodology and a set of tools to enable local authorities to develop intercultural policies and strategies in partnership with civil society, professionals and public services. These tools include a Policy assessment grid which outlines the main elements of a strategic approach to intercultural integration (10 steps to an intercultural city strategy), puts forward questions and criteria for assessing city policy and governance “through the intercultural lens” and examples from cities across Europe. The

Australian Football League Multicultural Program

Goals of the AFL Multicultural Program:build community capacity in culturally and linguistically diverse communities; influence community clubs and leagues to embrace multicultural diversity; use the strength, power and popularity of the game as a vehicle to promote social inclusion education, settlement and integration into Australia; the pillars that sustain our framework are: a partnership between the AFL and people from multicultural communities. That is based on acknowledgment, equality, respect and mutually beneficial outcomes; enable people from non-multicultural background’s to be culturally respectful and to adopt appropriate protocols; enable people from culturally diverse backgrounds to excel in AFL affiliated organizations; educate the broader community about multicultural communities and cultural diversity…

Eigse Laoghaire Multi-Cultural Arts

Eigse Laoghaire, translates as Artists Sharing, is a platform for expression to the wonderful range of cultures living in the community of Dún Laoghaire . Until 1999, the community of the town of Dún Laoghaire was made up intrinsically of Irish citizens; then with the expansion of the European Union many people came from Eastern Europe to live and work in our community, along with many people from the troubled parts of the World who came seeking refuge to Ireland. Eigse Laoghaire was determined to make all welcome. All our performances,exhibitions and publications are in aid of local community charities; thus, not only contributing to the cultural life, but to the quality of life of the community. When all the people seeking asylum were sent away from our community, the Combined Resident’s Association (umbrella committee for…

Rebuild the Life in the Frontier (Reconstruir la vida en la frontera)

With the project “Rebuild the Life in the Frontier” we seek to give solutions and alternatives to a coercive type of life experienced by migrants living in the Centre of Temporary Stay for Immigrants in Melilla (CETI – Centro de Estancia Temporal de Immigrantes). Trapped in that special camp built to host migrants coming from Africa to the city of Melilla, the so-called “door to Europe,” they wait for their “ticket” to Europe. In some cases, they have to face expulsion back to their home country. Often times, their lives in the city are characterized by segregation and absence of motivation to integrate. The main objective of the project is to reach a better quality of life for migrants through a social action plan that uses Arts and Media. Diverse courses of photography, participatory video, blogging, radio communication, painting and theatre aim to provide participants with instruments to get actively engaged in the life of the city. This allows them to build a life out of the segregation experienced in the CETI.

Walk A Mile Concert

Walk A Mile poster Walk A Mile Concert ‘Walk A Mile’ is a concert which celebrates and thanks the selfless work given for the benefit of others. Our internationally renowned, talented and multicultural Australian musicians often perform selflessly for many charities without thought of reward or gain. Some proceeds from ‘Walk A Mile’ will assist […]

The great internal migration

Internal migrants often face as many challenges as international ones. Challenges they face are often very similar to those of international migrants, including those associated with socio-cultural integration. In the book “Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World,” Douglas Saunders explores the migratory movement that is transferring a third of […]

Still not easy being British

Tariq Modood, Director of the University of Bristol Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, has published his new book “Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship”. As a leading authority on these subjects within British academia, Modood describes the growth of Muslim political assertiveness in the context of rethinking multiculturalism […]

International Network of Migration Institutions

Migration Institutions includes museums and other institutions promoting the public understanding of migration. The current trend in the development of migration museums, named differently worldwide, is an interesting phenomenon, as it may contribute to the creation of a new and multiple identity, at an individual and collective level. UNESCO and the IOM have decided to work together to promote exchange of information and experiences on the history of immigration and the memories of migrants, notably through helping to set up and develop museums in receiving countries. This kind of museum would, in particular, help collect, safeguard, highlight and make accessible to the general public certain elements relating to the history and culture of immigration, and to the process of integration of migrant communities.

School Contest ”Youth, you will succeed!”

the Foundation Bertelsmann initiated in 2010 the project ”Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!,” – or in English ”Youth, you will succeed.” This project aims to promote integration of students with a migrant background; to raise awareness among youth and mainstream society about the importance of integration; and to work towards equal opportunities in the educational context.

Concurso escolar “Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!”

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Sindicada – COMRàdio

Sindicada – COMRadio Sindicada – COMRàdio Sindicada is an online platform that allows the exchange of audio and information among the 140 radio stations members of Xarxa COMRàdio. These radio stations are located in Catalonia, Spain and are associated in the “Consorci de Comunicació Local -CCL” (Communication Municipal Consortium). Sindicada offers a rich variety of […]

Refugees into Schools

Refugees into Schools aims to increase children’s understanding of why people are forced to become refugees and of the impact of war and persecution. It does this by supporting refugee volunteers to share their experience of conflict and seeking asylum here in the UK. Through this activity the project supports schools in their statutory duty to promote community cohesion. The project focuses on London which is a diverse, multi-ethnic city including a significant refugee population of both adults and children. Public perception of refugees is, however, often distorted by misleading or inaccurate reporting of what it is to be a refugee.

Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA)

Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) coordinates and optimizes resources in the United States, Mexico, and other Latin American countries to increase access to and use of health services, expand health insurance coverage, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, enhance the cultural competency of health care personnel, and implement innovative strategies to address unmet health needs of the Latino-origin population living and working in the United States.

Roma SOURCE Project

Roma Source is a Europe-wide project to improve both the lives of Roma people and the local communities they live alongside. The project is being led by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership. It brings together eight organisations from six countries across Europe: UK, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain. The partners in the project include regions of Europe which are traditionally home to Roma communities as well as those which have more recently become a destination. organises the annual flagship HarmonyWorks! Conference, targeted at students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges (JC), Institutes of Technical Educations (ITE), Polytechnics, Madrasahs and International Schools. The objectives of the conference are: To heighten participants’ awareness of cross-cultural understanding/ engagement and its implications on the local, regional and global community; and to provide the participants with multi-faceted views for the need to go beyond the comfort of one’s ethnic group and immersing in Singapore’s cultural and religious diversity. HarmonyWorks! Conference 2010 bearing the theme “Inte-GREAT-ion – How Will You Embrace Diversity?” was held at Nanyang Polytechnic on 10 July 2010. The Conference this year engaged participants in discussions on current trends and issues relating to diversity and integration in Singapore.

The Festival of Indian Culture in Romania – “Namaste India”

The project has as the purpose to promote the Indian culture in Romania through an event which presents the multifaceted aspects of this incredibly rich and diversified culture (spiritual, artistic, travel, culinary, etc.).
The organizers intend to reduce the cultural distance between two societies that are so different, to discover common values, to encourage multiculturality and to create a symbolic space for togetherness for the Indian migrant community in Romania and the Romanian social space.
The Indian community in Romania translates as an enclave of mystery, a space of exotism and fascination, its rich values being worth promoting. Romania is already known as a space where the Indian culture is loved and admired, raising enthusiasm and interest.

Sports Without Borders Foundation

The Sports Without Borders Foundation aims to foster accessible, multilingual resources and services, funding pathways, direct financial support, training/mentorship programs and sponsorship contacts to refugee and migrant communities in order to empower newly-arrived Australians to develop an identity and sense of active belonging.

AkiDwA Migrant Women’s Health Project

AkiDwA Migrant Women’s Health Project Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) focuses on conducting research on the health needs, in relation to FGM, of African/Migrant women in order to improve and inform service delivery and to influence mainstream policy. AkiDwA estimates in 2010 that there are over 3,170 women living in Ireland who have undergone FGM and over 11,500 women living there from FGM practicing countries.
A FGM Health Forum was recruited and created and acts as an expert advisory group to the Project by means of sharing information and networking. A preliminary estimate for the number of women by country of origin and age group who are resident in Ireland and living with FGM was calculated using 2006 census data and published and updated in 2010. Collaboration with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, MSc Women’s Health to write the first ever Irish handbook on FGM entitled “Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health-Care Professionals Working in Ireland” it was launched in January 2009. Over 1,400 copies of the Handbook have been distributed in Ireland and internationally.



New & Emerging Communities Leadership Training

This practice seeks to strengthen the leadership skills and knowledge of existing and emerging leaders in recently arrived refugee communities in Victoria Australia, Communities include Burmese, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Liberian, Sudanese, Iraqi, Afghan.etc. The program provides 4 one-day leadership workshops each year on subjects like media, governance, financial management, advocacy, community development etc. The project is due to be formally assessed at end 2010 but participant surveys indicate high levels of satisfaction with content and presentation…

Family services for Refugees

Family services – rules of engagement While we draw alongside refugees to help them and their families settle successfully in Australia we do this by honouring and hearing their story as it is told. We respect the heritage of each individual, community and culture and believe that each person can harness his or her own resources. We accept that for him/her a fact is a fact and their perception is reality. The power of imparting information remains with them. In any individual or group process we work to empower by taking time to sit quietly and wait expectantly- this helps build safety, being open to hear about crisis in the refugee’s terms, being with without becoming overwhelmed by fear, not passing judgment, proceeding at the refugee’s pace, trusting, not asking too many…

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration and Diversity

PLURAL+ provide young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, and give them the opportunity to reinforce the belief of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.

Foundation for Pluralism

I cannot be safe when others around me aren’t, I cannot have peace, when others around me don’t. It is in my selfish interests to take the responsibility to work for a better world so all of us can co-exist in relative harmony. The world is changing quite rapidly, while conflicts continue to rage, a new dimension is emerging vividly and growing strongly every day. Indeed, the world is moving towards a new paradigm of “Co-existence” also known as “Pluralism”. Pluralism is nothing more than an adjustment in one’s attitude towards others; it is indeed respecting the otherness of other and accepting the Genetic (God) given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us. If we can learn to accept 7 billion unique thumb prints and understand the existence of 7 billion DNA compositions, then why not accept the uniqueness of 7 billion of us? If we world. My role as a peace maker is to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill…

Language training for migrants

The goal of this project is to guarantee that the offer of language courses for migrants reaches quality standards which are nationwide comparable and correspond to the learning needs. The Federal Office for Migration is developing a frame-concept for language promotion for migrants. This concept develops instruments which help to asses standards of language levels. These instruments will be made available to the partners in the cantons which in their responsibility will ensure the quality of language training courses in their regions. So far the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg (CH) has developed a “Frame-curriculum for fostering language skills for migrants”. Up to 2011 further instruments to improve the language training and to verify the communicative competences of migrants will be developed.

Projets urbains

The Swiss federal program, “Projets urbains” aids eleven chosen smaller and mid-size municipalities to take up the challenge of multicultural diversity of their communities. To reach this goal, specific measures are discussed with participation of the population and then put into practice. Projects are developed in the following fields: urban development, social work, housing, sports, discrimination and fostering integration. The federal support is not only of financial nature. A common platform allows for exchange of experiences among the various partners and municipalities. The federal agencies also coach the projects individually and offer professional help. The program runs over a pilot phase between 2008-2011. Depending on the results of the evaluation, the Federal Government will decide upon a follow-up of this program…

Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine, the IOM, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Amnesty International and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative (DI) in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way. DI strives to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants, refugees and visible minorities in Ukraine. It currently includes over 65 organizations from the international, civil, corporate, and government sectors as well as diplomatic missions and interested individuals. The objectives are to provide a platform and forum for civil society to network, to support the Ukrainian government’s interventions, to collect and disseminate verified and standardized information relating to suspected racially motivated…

Living Library

The Living Library is a system whereby the ‘books’ of the library are individuals from different social or ethnic backgrounds and the ‘readers’ of the books are high school or university students. The event serves as a tool for opening dialogues between people, and in doing so provides an informal setting in which to ask questions and discuss stereotypes or prejudices. The IOM Mission in Ukraine has adopted and slightly modified the concept of “Living Library” from the model introduced by the Danish civil society organization “Stop the Violence” in 2000 (for more details please visit Using a 10 minute rotation system, ‘books’ and ‘readers’ get to know each other by sharing stories of their lives and informally exploring prejudices and stereotypes. The benefits of the adopted model are: the…

migrantas – a visual language of migration

Working with public urban spaces as its platform, migrantas aims to make visible the thoughts and feelings of those who have left their own country and now live in a new one. Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrant women and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society. Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. Members of the collective (Marula Di Como, Florencia Young, Alejandra López, Irma Leinauer), mostly women who have themselves immigrated to Germany, develop the projects with other migrant women in a horizontal dialogue. Migrantas meets with migrant women in their own…

Partnerships with African Communities in Australia

Jesuit Social Services was approached in 2004 by African leaders in Melbourne to develop local community responses primarily for newly arrived refugee youth. Through building a strong and respectful partnership, adopting community-building and community development principles, we have demonstrated a partnership which advocates for participation of, and consultation with, community leaders and representatives. There are many different approaches to the task of assisting new communities to settle in Australia. The approach described here is community led in style, the outcome of a manager steeped in community development interacting with community leaders who are searching for support to develop their own programs…

Sustaining Settlement of Sudanese Refugees – Australia

In 2008 the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) funded Lutheran Community Care (LCC) New Settler Services to conduct an investigation into sustaining the settlement of Sudanese humanitarian entrants in Murray Bridge, a regional city in South Australia, Australia. Since 2001 Murray Bridge has attracted hundreds of humanitarian entrants from various ethnic backgrounds in search of employment. The intention of the local community is to retain these new settlers and encourage others to make their home in the town. The results of the project enabled planners and settlement workers to better understand the migratory patterns (circulatory and permanent) and motivations of humanitarian entrants to and from Murray Bridge; understand both the advantages and disadvantages of life…

Istanbul, capital of cultures

The central position of Istanbul in Turkey has resulted in attracting migrants from far and wide and all in search of the economic, cultural, and social opportunities as well as from other parts of Turkey and the picture grows more complex with returns of Turkish migrants from abroad. Although the number of foreigners living in Istanbul has increased in last decades, there is little information on their potentials, transnational ties and their contributions to the society and so far the international migration has only been associated with problems. However, the orientation toward problems has been concealing the potentials and possibilities of diversity, multiculturalism and trans-nationalism for social, cultural and economic development, innovation as well as value creation. The project thus aims to identify what these potentials and…

Successful youth program for children of refugees

The Multicultural Association of Fredericton, NB, Canada has developed a very effective and successful youth program for recent immigrants and children of refugees. The program consists of several sub-programs: Rainbow of Cultures Summer Camp, children 6 to 16 take part in activities with both cultural and social themes. Diverse nationalities are matched by children from local families. Lasting friendships and communication and social skills are the outcomes. A homework club is offered in partnership with Frontier College for newcomer children and youth. A sport program is offered with the sport equipment provided and program registration provided if necessary. This program received funding from private sponsors and government. Many of our participants become sought for members of local teams. The MCAF Music program is also a…

Talking Faiths, a project that uses migration stories as interfaith bridges

Talking Faiths is a collaborative project that supports intercultural and interfaith dialogue in communities and schools, using migration stories as bridges to increase interest and understanding. The project provides a framework for young people to explore interfaith issues through a multicultural perspective, and is supported by the programs, exhibitions and online materials of the Immigration Museum. 130 students from different faith backgrounds participated in a series of workshops. Students engaged in dialogue both virtual and face to face. Activities promoting an understanding of ‘other’ ultimately contributed to the building of an exhibition and an online education resource. The documentary makers produced both video and photographic content reflecting the journey of the participants providing a visual guide to…

Bridging the Gap: empowering young Muslims and elders

The Bridging the Gap project, an initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, is proudly supported by the Australian Government’s National Action Plan funding program (more information here). Bridging the Gap addressed intergenerational issues and barriers between community elders and young Muslim men. The project aimed to reduce marginalisation by empowering young men and elders within their communities and the wider Australian community. The issue of disconnectedness between older and younger Muslim generations is a real issue that has been identified through National Action Plan (NAP) community consultations. The project encouraged the emergence of young Muslim men as leaders to be respected / accepted by their community and for the young leaders to become actively involved as…

Drop-in service to assist African refugees day to day

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Castlemaine African community project supports African Australians from a refugee background to settle in the town of Castlemaine, an old gold mining town of 10,000 people about 120 km from the city of Melbourne, Australia. The Council employs two project staff including a coordinator and multi-lingual community support worker who speaks Dinka, Arabic and English. The council project provides an informal drop-in service which assists people day to day in settlement related matters such as making calls with interpreters, developing resumes, understanding forms and providing broad advice on other supports or information available to people. The project has an adult work experience program placing people with local small businesses to diversify their skills beyond the meat factory where most work…

Migrant Routes Program

The Migrant Routes program uses education and training to help community members, workers, educators and students to explore the experiences, challenges and barriers newcomers face when settling in Canada and to help develop and identify ways to build anti-racist, equitable and inclusive spaces for migrants in their new Canadian communities. Migrant Routes workshops do the following: examines the experiences/challenges/barriers that migrants face when joining and becoming a part of Canadian communities including workplaces, schools, organizations, and other social, political and economic institutions; addresses how discrimination and racism can impact migrants through policies and practices; provides the capacity for participants to build their own awareness of the social, economic, political conditions and relations…

The use of art as a civic engagement

Graphic designer & active citizen, the artist Estelle Tijou is playing an avant-garde role in delivering powerful visual messages for a better dialogue between people of different cultures and religions. In using art as a way to empower people through the image, Estelle gives a voice to migrants living in France in addressing key themes related to integration, human rights or identity. The aim of her artworks is to challenge the French society and to change the public perceptions in regards to migrants and refugees better integration in their host country…

Articulated Space of Codevelopment Spain-Morocco (EACEM)

The “EACEM” is a transnational experience of network reinforcement between Morocco and Spain. The aim is to reach the integral human development of the communities in the Nord of Morocco, and to consolidate the links between the Spanish society and the Moroccan society. The activities include the following: creation of six co development committees in Morocco and Spain (around 80 associations involved); constitution of a Rifain Initiatives Transnational Centre, in Madrid, as a centre of meeting, realization of activities and projects’ dynamization for the rifain (North of Morocco) diaspora, annual transnational meetings between all working groups; creation of the EACEM platform; realization of a Research Action Participation (RAP) Process, in a transnational way, by the Madrid Autonomous University (UAM); utilization of the new…

Community Harmony Guide for Local Government

StepOne is a website which provides guidance and practical resources to government, councils and community groups interested in implementing community cohesion and anti-racism initiatives. The site features downloadable ‘best practice’ case studies covering a range of communities and issues, especially those which reduce racism, intolerance, and negative stereotypes; build positive and sustainable relationships between communities; get communities working together and interacting; deal with the ‘difficult stuff’ of living together, not just soft multiculturalism; move beyond the ‘multicultural festival’ model (food, dance etc); show us how to live in harmony, making the most of our racial, cultural, social and religious diversity.

Fighting racism through humour

Using humor and irony in public spheres to fight prejudices and stigma against cultural minorities reaching official, local levels and the general public. The goal is to reveal racist mentalities as absurd and harmful elements of the society that need to change. The means : creation of educative and informative contents broadcasted on the Internet and in the media. We seek to create and sustain a citizen-led movement that promotes awareness and consciousness of this problem and cultural diversity…


The stock of international migrants in Asia in 2010 is estimated at over 55 million. The US continues to be a major country of destination for Asian migrants though countries within Asia such as India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia are also important destinations for migrants from the region. Malaysia and Singapore are the […]


Migrant integration is key to better intercultural relations. Whereas assimilation focuses on the migrant adopting the culture and identity of the host country, integration is a two way process of adaptation by both migrants and receiving societies. It can be defined as the process by which migrants become accepted into society, both as individuals and […]


Online Community on Migration and Integration – Building Inclusive Societies (IBIS) Reinforcing efforts to harmonize the coexistence between newcomers and host communities is critical in improving social cohesion and intercultural relations, and in adding complexity to debates around migration. This is why the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration have jointly […]

Nansen Dialogue Network

Practitioner from civil society organization   Name of Practitioner: Nansen Dialogue Network   Website:   Contact Information: Nansen Dialogue Network Coordination Unit Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsonsgt. 2 N – 2609 Lillehammer – Norway Norway & Western Balkans, Phone: +47 61 26 54 00 Email:   Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: […]

Can The Triquis Go Home?

Author: David Bacon Date: January 2012 Source: New America Media OAXACA, MEXICO — Just before Christmas, the women and children who’d spent 17 months living on the sidewalk outside the governor’s palace in Oaxaca announced they were going home. In the spring of 2010, these refugees abandoned their homes in San Juan Copala, the ceremonial […]

Migration: A Product of Free Market Reforms

Author: David Bacon Date: January 2012 Source: Americas Program website A political alliance is developing between countries with a labor export policy and the corporations who use that labor in the global north. Many countries sending migrants to the developed world depend on remittances to finance social services and keep the lid on social discontent […]

Red Cross in Akranes, Iceland

Practitioner from civil society organization   Name of Practitioner: Red Cross in Akranes, Iceland Website:   Contact Information: Skólabraut 25 a 300 Akranes Akranes, Iceland Phone: + 354 431 2270 Email: Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise:   The Red Cross in Akranes, Iceland is a part of the Icelandic […]

Tear Down the Walls, Iceland

Tear down the walls! is a project that was designed by the Red Cross in Akranes, Iceland with the purpose of developing strategies and tools to implement policies on immigration, with a special focus on mutual integration, relevant in the municipality of Akranes, Iceland.

IBIS Forum, Melbourne

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization present Integration: Building Inclusive Societies Forum Diversity, Citizenship and Social Inclusion Deakin University, under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), will bring the UN Forum on Social Inclusion to Australia for the first time: Friday 7 October 2011 […]

“Galli Galli Sim Sim” Project, India

Galli Galli Sim Sim is a multi-platform initiative that combines the power of multimedia and educational outreach to help children prepare better for school and life. Galli Galli Sim Sim facilitates young Indian children’s basic academic and life skills, while celebrating India’s rich cultural diversity, in order to promote their overall cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development.

Galli Galli Sim Sim integrates a three sixty degree strategy to reach children between the ages of 0-8, especially those that are disenfranchised and under resourced. Broadcast on two of India’s leading channels- Pogo and Cartoon Network, Galli Galli Sim Sim is further supplemented by a radio program aired on All India Radio and community radio stations, extensive community outreach, and new and emerging media such as cell phones and internet. In addition to this, we provide training and create awareness about early childhood care and education to parents, teachers and caregivers using a combination of print, audio visual and social media to ensure a continuum of learning.

The Galli Galli Sim Sim initiative is supported by Turner Broadcasting, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, Qualcomm, HSBC and the SCHWAB Charitable Trust.

CALL FOR PAPERS :The Changing Face of the Mediterranean: Migrant Women’s Creativity and Constraints (second call) 2011-09-01

The Changing Face of the Mediterranean: Migrant Women’s Creativity and Constraints Edited Volume For the past two centuries, people have emigrated from the Mediterranean in search of a better life. Beginning with the great influx of Italians principally from the South of Italy at the middle of the 19th century, and continuing up until the […]


Deadline:  Sunday August 14, 2011 The UN Alliance of Civilizations: The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. The UNAOC Secretariat, which is based in New York, works with a global network of partners that […]

IMISCOE 8th Annual Conference: Warsaw, 9 September 2011

Call for papers The local Policymaking of Interculture between national integration policy, diversity, cohesion and development Organised in the context of the Imiscoe Standing Committee on The multilevel governance of migration and integration policy by Tiziana Caponio (FIERI) and Ricard Zapata (GRITIM-UPF) In the context of the Standing Committee on ‘The Multilevel Governance of Migration […]

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) program

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) program The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, known as VicHealth, is an independent statutory authority with a mission to address behavioral and social determinants of health. It is located in the state of Victoria, Australia. VicHealth has identified supporting diversity and reducing race-based discrimination* (herein referred to as discrimination) among […]

IBIS partners

IBIS is built on the contributions of a global network of practitioners and partners. Together, we engage in information exchanges and workshops, hold joint education efforts, develop integration programs and learning materials and undertake together joint practical initiatives. We offer shared ownership of the online community for those who contribute in managing the content of […]

Hispanic Liaison Office, Richmond, Virginia

In 2004, the City of Richmond created the Hispanic Liaison Office in response to this demographic growth. The Hispanic Liaison Office improves access to city and community services; promotes community information, education and citizen participation; and supports city agencies in developing the capacity to interact, communicate and serve the city’s diverse community. The Hispanic Liaison Office also promotes diversity within the city by sponsoring the Imagine Festival, which highlights Richmond’s diverse community and public safety, as well as by supporting the outdoor ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia, one of the largest Latino festivals in the state and in the southern United States.

H.A.N.D.S. Across Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

H.A.N.D.S. (Helping All Nationalities Diversify Society) Across Chattanooga is an outreach program established in 2010 by the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. While the Office of Multicultural Affairs has a broad focus of eliminating discrimination against all citizens due to race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability and ethnicity, H.A.N.D.S. is a smaller program that fights discrimination due to national origin only and works to integrate immigrants into the city. H.A.N.D.S. brings together international newcomers with local agencies and service providers to help these new residents become more acclimated to the community.

Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs formalizes relationships between the city and immigrant communities to enrich the diversity of the city. Composed of nine members, the commission’s scope of activities include advocacy, publications, symposia, exhibitions, retreats, concerts, dialogues, debates, conferences, public forums, receptions and meetings. The commission works to encourage the development and implementation of policies and practices intended to improve conditions affecting the cultural, social, economic, political, educational, health and general well being of African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylees residing in Philadelphia. It also works to create public awareness of the rich history, geography and culture of the African continent and to engage members of the African Diaspora and American communities in a dialogue on how to strengthen bilateral relationships.