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Corporeal Complexities

Author: Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocostas Date: March 2012 Source: Athens News, Column ‘On the borderline’ LEARNING a new language is hard, but mastering physical innuendo may be harder.In the YouTube video “Body Language Mistakes People Make”, author Carol Kinsey Goman pinpoints five major interpretation errors people make. One mistake is not to take the complete context of the […]
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Migrants to the Region

International Public fund Russian Peace Foundation In today’s world, labour migration has become an important factor of global development, providing flexibility for the international labour market, enabling backward nations to join the global production culture and encouraging interaction and mutual enrichment of cultures. In Russia the migration policy serves as a major source of labour […]
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“Dialogue: More than a Tool, Less than a Magic Fix”

Authors: Steinar Bryn, Angel L. Vidal-Alonso Publisher: Nansen Dialogue Network Date: Summer 2011 What is dialogue? Is it “The Solution” to conflicts? Is it “The Key” to peacebuilding? Or is it, as many in the international community claim, a useless and weak tool that is leading nowhere? For the Nansen Dialogue Network, dialogue is much […]
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I Eat, Ergo I Am

Author: Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocostas Date: November 2011 Source: Athens News, Column ‘On the borderline’ LIKE gyros in a pita, our sense of self is wrapped up in our world of food, gloriously slathered with memories. Whenever I visit Canada, my culinary checklist not only suits my taste buds, but also my recollections: I revisit who I […]
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Nansen Dialogue Network

Practitioner from civil society organization   Name of Practitioner: Nansen Dialogue Network   Website: http://www.nansen-dialogue.net/ www.facebook.com/nansendialoguenetwork   Contact Information: Nansen Dialogue Network Coordination Unit Bjørnstjerne Bjørnsonsgt. 2 N – 2609 Lillehammer – Norway Norway & Western Balkans, Phone: +47 61 26 54 00 Email: contact@nansen-dialogue.net   Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: […]
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The Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong, Australia

The Interfaith Network is a group of diverse cultural and religious faiths, working in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong Council to promote peace and harmony within the municipality.
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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 […]
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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.
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Immigrant Services, Skokie, Illinois

In late 2008, Skokie hosted an International Leadership Academy for immigrant residents who wanted to learn about taking on greater community leadership roles through volunteerism, service on a board or commission or as an elected official. With funding from the Chicago Community Trust, this two-part event included sessions on leadership throughout American history; understanding state and federal government systems; serving as a volunteer, appointed official or elected official; and the etiquette, protocol and art of negotiation.
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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.
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Office of International Affairs, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to create a multicultural community and to serve all members of the community, particularly new residents. OIA works to integrate immigrants and refugees into Louisville by connecting them to governmental and non-governmental resources and by serving as an information clearinghouse. Louisville provides many services to the immigrant community, including a community language bank for interpreters and translators; social services, i.e. resettlement agencies; English as a second language classes; career opportunities; leadership opportunities that foster interest in and promote educational, civic, and social service activities.
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Immigrant Outreach Program / Community Facilitators Volunteer Program, Austin, Texas

The Austin Police Department’s Office of the Community Liaison has established several programs to increase and facilitate communication between law enforcement and recent immigrants. In 2001, the Community Liaison office kicked off its Immigrant Outreach Program geared toward Spanish-speaking immigrants in response to the high rates of robberies reported against foreign born residents. To address this problem, the department recognized it was essential to improve communication between police and recent immigrants. One way to do this was through a hotline, “Tu Voz,” which receives calls and serves as a referral line for the Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Although the Immigrant Outreach Program managed to achieve many goals, it was eventually canceled in 2004. However, the “Tu Voz” program remains in place.
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Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne’s Community Development, Planning & Policy Department created the Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison position in 2009. The liaison works to establish communication with the Hispanic community as well as with the general immigrant community. The liaison provides information and assistance for accessing city services and is involved in community development planning projects that affect the city’s immigrant communities. In addition, the liaison educates the community at large about the changes and cultural issues associated with Fort Wayne’s diverse populations. The liaison works to continuously collaborate, coordinate and organize community events that benefit recent immigrants, refugees and other diverse communities.
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Latino Advisory Council, Seattle, Washington

Created in 2003, the Latino Advisory Council to the Seattle Police Department has the objective of building a partnership between the Latino community and the city’s police department. This particular council is assigned a deputy-chief of police, one officer liaison and support staff. The Latino Advisory Council focuses on four key areas: Advising the police department on public safety issues and challenges affecting local Latinos; promoting dialogue that builds trust and confidence between the Latino community and the police; educating and training police officers to be culturally competent; and encouraging Latino community engagement in the Advisory Council and other city programs promoting public safety.
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Migrant in Romania

The logo of the project Migrant in Romania The project Migrant in Romania is funded by the European Fund for Integration and is implemented in partnership by the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and the Association of Refugee Women in Romania. The main goal is to enhance consultation and civic participation of migrants and its main […]
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Muslim Family Safety Project

Changing Ways is an organization founded in 1982 in London, Ontario as a result of a research project which recommended the development of a program for men as part of an integrated community response to violence against women. During the past five years, their program “Muslim Family Safety Project” (MFSP) has been very successful in […]
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Cultural Infusion

Cultural Infusion is a not-for-profit organisation that works in education, youth, communities and the arts to promote cultural harmony and well-being for a more cohesive and richer society. Cultural Infusion is dedicated to promoting equality, social justice and encouraging a broader understanding of culture across our community for the benefit of all. Over the past six years we have worked with diverse tools to enable the greatest number of people possible to experience vibrant cultural and inter-cultural arts and social initiatives.
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Chinese New Year celebrated around the world

Millions of Asians celebrate the Lunar New Year around the world. The Year of the Rabbit officially began on February 3. In China, people set off fireworks to welcome 4709. Celebrations will last 15 days ending with the full moon on the Lantern Festival. This festival is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children […]
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Links between global migration and cultural diversity explored in the UK

The Centre for Research on Nationalism Ethnicity and MulticulturalismIn (CRONEM) of the University of Surrey and the Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society (VISOR) of the Free University of Amsterdam organize a multidisciplinary conference on “Global Migration and Multiculturalism: Religion, Society, Policy and Politics.” CRONEM is a multidisciplinary research centre in the […]
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Integration: Building Inclusive Societies conversation in London, UK

The Integration: Building Inclusive Societies conversation was broadcast live on December 20, 2010 for a worldwide audience from St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London, UK. Roger Cohen, the New York Times journalist discussed about migration, national identities and integration of Muslims in today’s society. The archived video is now available! Due to […]
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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 […]
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E Pluribus Unum Prizes: Honoring Exceptional Immigrant Integration Initiatives

With its E Pluribus Unum Prizes, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) awards exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration. The prize aims “to honor the efforts of those who are creating stronger, more unified and successful communities by strengthening relationships between native-born and foreign-born Americans.” The E Pluribus Unum Prizes national awards program provides four $50,000 […]
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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.
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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.
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The Canadian Council of Muslim Women

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women believes that "Muslim women must develop their Muslim identity while being a part of and making a positive contribution to Canadian society, and that they must provide positive role models for Muslim youth." Several projects implemented by the CCMW include the "Being Canadian Muslim Women in the 21st Century" project that promotes leadership among Canadian Muslim women/girls and encourages then to fully participate in society; or their Muslim Youth Program (My Canada Project), a two-year project that aims at "developing a coordinated strategy that will provide opportunities for Muslim youth to strengthen their Canadian Muslim identities and increase their participation in the civic life of their communities."
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Muslim associations organize open house in Geneva

The Association of Muslim Organizations of Geneva (l'Union des organisations musulmanes de Genève) organized an open house to advance dialogue within the Genevan society and discuss about people's concerns and questions regarding Islam and Muslim's presence in society. During the course of the "Islam in Geneva, let's talk. To dialogue is to share" day ("L’islam à Genève, parlons-en. Dialoguer c’est partager"), ten Muslim organizations invited visitors in seven different locations. Activities consisted of a series of discussions, conferences and expositions on the work carried out by these organizations. Space for conviviality was also provided.
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Workshops for community building

In partnership with the City of Williams Lake in Canada, the association Ear to the Ground Planning has organized a workshop that aims to connect youth, elders and community leaders from different backgrounds and discuss issues of violence and racism. Called Inter-Generational Dialogues, the workshop encourages respectful listening and sharing as a means for participants […]
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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.
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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, […]
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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.
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OnePeople.sg

OnePeople.sg 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.
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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.
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Cities, Migrants and Diversity, this year’s Anna Lindh Foundation priority field

The Anna Lindh Foundation call for proposals aims at providing funding for innovative projects that contribute to bring people together and promote respect for diversity and better understanding . This year, the Foundation focuses on the role of cities as places to live together in diversity. Diversity and migration are nowadays major challenges in the […]
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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 […]
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Building Cultural Competence in the Workplace workshop

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) will be delivering a Building Cultural Competence in the Workplace workshop across Victoria during September, October and November 2010. This full-day workshop has been designed to include elements of cross cultural communication. Several issues that will be addressed include the benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace; strategies to develop […]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Refugees Building a Life Through Sport

The Western Bulldogs Football Club in Melbourne, playing in the elite Australian Football League, is committed to helping refugees and other disadvantaged settlers make a new life in Australia. This is achieved through its community arm "Spirit West Services" with a focus on building smarter, engaged, healthier and 'sustainable' communities. The aim is to encourage education, employment, strong families and a healthy life style through sport. The Club is committed to connecting new settlers with their community and is active in promoting civics through the hosting of a Refugee Week Australian citizenship ceremony.
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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.
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Africa Dialogues

Civil society organization Name of Practitioner: Africa Dialogues Website: www.nelsonmandela.org Contact Information: 60 Cleveland Road Claremont, Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa Phone: +27792453409 Email: kenmutuma@gmail.com Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: Africa Dialogue works in line the philosophy of its founder towards encouraging dialogue and building transformative leadership. On behalf of […]
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Canada celebrates its multiculturalism and diversity

Every summer, Canada celebrates its multicultural reality with numerous festivals. These festivals bring together a rich diversity of cultural heritages, represented by ethnic and community groups living together in Canada. The communities present the music, food, costumes and dances of their country of origin. The Surrey Fusion Festival, in Vancouver, is the most recent one […]
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Caribbean Multicultural NAPA Festival 2010

Trinidad and Tobago brings to a close the NAPA festival organized by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism. This internationally recognized festival is celebrated every year in one of the most multicultural countries in the Caribbean. Indeed, Trinidad and Tobago has been a melting pot since the eighteen century. More recently, newcomers have enriched the […]
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Swiss TV shows integration of migrants in their new homeland

This Swiss TV program examines different patterns of the integration of "New Swiss" migrants in their host country. Videos report successful models of social integration, such as a the story of a Kosovar refugee who became an award-winning cheesemonger, a video of a Migrant Serb of Bosnia who is now Lieutenant for the Swiss Army, a report on a social worker from Albanian background, dedicated to the integration of youth from the Balkans, an interview of a Tamil war refugee engaged in local politics or the successful example of a Chinese refugee who owns a fashion label in Zurich.
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European and North-American Muslims identify strongly with their countries of residence

The Gallup Coexist Index 2009, A Global Study of Interfaith Relations, found that North Americans are more likely to be tolerant or integrated than Europeans. The survey classifies respondents in 3 categories: those who are “isolated”, the “tolerant” who are respectful and open to other faiths and practices, and the “integrated” who feel respected by […]
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Engaging Diasporas for Development (EDD)

Engaging Diasporas for Developent (EDD) is a not-for-profit, political and religious independent organization. The mission of EDD is to promote a positive view of Diasporas towards stimulating an improved utilization of their capacity for the benefit of all.
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Immigration improves employment, productivity and incomes in the U.S

According to a study released by the Migration Policy Institute called “The impact of immigrants in recession and economic expansion”, immigration improves employment, productivity and incomes in the U.S. Professor Giovanni Peri claims that the impact of immigration in the short term varies depending in the country economic health. According to Peri, “When an economy […]
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Allez la France! Crossed stories between football & immigration

The French Museum on History of Immigration (Cite Nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, located in the Palais de la Porte Doree) examines the relation between soccer and immigration. This exhibition is launched at the occasion of the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Alternatively described as a factor of rapprochement between cultures, as a […]
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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...
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Programme “Mentorat Emploi Migration”

The MEM aims to promote the contribution of migrants to the host society as to the professional competencies they bring, helping them to integrate themselves in their field of competences. The programme addresses extra-European migrants with professional qualifications (experience and/or education terminated) of all fields. It was launched Feb. 2010 as a « pilote project » for 3 years in two Swiss cantons : Vaud and Geneva. It gets mainly public financial support (Federal office for migration, 2 cantonal officies for integration of migrants), as well as some additional private support (private foundations). As a mentoring programme the MEM offers a personalized coaching by a professional working in a specific field to a migrant belonging to the same field of work. The intercommunication...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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 http://living-library.org/the-history.html). 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...
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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...
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A better informed and assisted voluntary return of migrants – Portugal

The proposal aims at conducting mapping exercises in Portugal to identify the main channels of information and location of potential assisted voluntary return (AVR) beneficiaries from those communities mostly seeking IOM’s AVR support. The main objective of this study is to better understand the specific channels of access to information of the migrant communities in order to promote a better informed and sustainable assisted voluntary return of migrants. Hence the project aims at developing a comprehensive database including the channels of access to information of migrant communities. This will ultimately improve and facilitate a privileged contact with these communities enabling the main actors working in the migration field to reinforce communication with the main migrant communities in Portugal. A very comprehensive analysis will be undertaken of...
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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.
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A Multifaith Approach

Funded by the European Commission and implemented by IOM Helsinki in cooperation with partners in five EU countries, this pilot project tested the usefulness of multifaith training seminars for migrant religious leaders as a tool for integration. The seminars enabled religious leaders of various denominations to meet with their peers and host society representatives, including officials, policy-makers, and various experts. The project was based on the notion that newly-arrived migrants, who are unfamiliar with their new host society, often seek support from religious communities, whose leaders can therefore play a crucial role in how migrants relate to and integrate into their host communities. The training seminars provided participants with a greater understanding of the values as well as the history, culture, and laws of their...
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Italian migration in Bahia, Brazil

This research project on the Italian migration in Bahia examined the migration patterns over the last 70 years. It focused on three different periods (1950-1970, 1970-2000 and 2000-2010) that follow completely different motivations, caracteristics and even different ways of transportation. The research also focused also on Italian indigents in Bahia, a phenomenon that is not […]
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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...
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migraSEARCH

"migraSEARCH" is the latest online-tool of the Austrian Integration Fund. The optimized Google search engine scans about 750 websites which cover relevant topics on integration and migration. The ÖIF migraSEARCH allows a more efficient and faster research and an elimination of spreading loss whilst providing more accurate results. To optimize the results one can also choose certain file-types and dates of publication...
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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...
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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...
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Capitalize on Migrant Capacities – Algeria

Algeria is today a country of emigration, immigration and transition, linked particularly to France and Italy. The project Capitalize on Migrant Capacities in Algeria intends to maximize the development impact of migration in the socio-economic context of the country, by addressing the problem of brain waste and de-skilling of prospective migrants and returnees in order to transform it into brain gain. The second objective of the project is to strengthen the links and the dialogue among Algerian migrants in Italy and France and migrant associations and local authorities in Algeria in the field of migration issues. Among other formal activities, a major one is to have two career days, in two Algerian cities, each of them in the form of a career fair and pre-departure orientation seminars. These activities will increase the capacities of prospective
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta – Canada

The Karibuni (Ki-Swahili for Welcome) DVD documentary, created by Victor Moke-Ngala, takes participants on a virtual exploration of Franco-African immigrants’ arrival in Alberta. Through this documentary, participants learn of the journey Franco-Africans take in leaving their original homes, arriving in Canada, experiencing the challenges and barriers to integration and eventually finding support and joining welcoming communities within their new home country. The Karibuni manual provides further education and resources in the area of migration to Canada to help participants build a more in-depth awareness and knowledge about the experiences, barriers and challenges newcomers face. The Karibuni manual offers education in the area of: understanding migrant issues, understanding the concept of integration...
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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...
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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...
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Awareness raising the need for gender-sensitive labor migration policies

In this OSCE article from 2008, the special needs of female migrant workers is highlighted as well as the risk of discrimination and exploitation they faced because of the lack of policy protection and the exclusion from labor legislation. This article identifies the need for further dialogue and exchange of experience and good practices so that […]
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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
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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...
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Building Switzerland for All of us

CDS wants to contribute to a nation of communities. Through families, congregations, neighborhoods and friends, what will define Switzerland of tomorrow is how we come together as one today. In healthy communities, we feel safe, valued, welcome, happy. What makes a community vibrant also makes a vibrant nation. CDS wants to create these community values - their essential belief that we are all connected to each other and interdependent, that the Switzerland community includes everyone and leaves no one behind, that we care for each other and believe in shared responsibility and shared sacrifice, that we know everyone has inherent value and worth in the story. CDS wants to develop the campaign for community values a national coalition that will bring together over 360 grassroots community organizations that is...
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