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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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Controversy around laïcité in France

Laïcité has been for decades a warrant of equal rights of belief and respect to all religions in France. However, in recent weeks some politicians have questioned the commitment of certain ethno-religious communities to that essential principle of the French Republic. Concerns over migrants’ integration have been the reason given by the ruling party, the […]
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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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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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Course for Imams in Germany aims at integration

The University of Osnabrueck has launched a program that will train Muslim spiritual leaders to help Muslim communities to integrate. As Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, vice-president of the University of Osnabrueck, states, “Imams play a pivotal role because they work with their communities, their religion and with society at large, so they have a public function (…) […]
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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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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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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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NYC Mayor Bloomberg on the “Ground-Zero Mosque” debate

Following the announcement of plans to build a Muslim-led interfaith and cultural center a few hundred feet from Ground-Zero, a debate started in New York, across the United States, and internationally on whether such a center, which will also house a mosque, should be allowed so close to the World Trade Center site. In a […]
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Ethnic Germans and Immigrants on better terms than expected

The Expert Advisory Board for Integration and Migration (SVR), which was founded in 2008 by eight major foundations involved in social and political advocacy and research, released its first annual report. It contains what the board calls the Integration Climate Index (IKI) which basically takes the temperature of relations between ethnic Germans and immigrants. According […]
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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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Foundation for Pluralism

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, writer, optimist and an activist of Pluralism, Justice, Peace, Islam, India and Civil Societies. He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer offering pluralistic solutions to issues of the day to the Television, Radio, News Media and the public...
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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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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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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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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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Konnecting: a migration and recruitment agency – Australia.

Konnecting is a skilled migration and recruitment agency in Australia. Konnecting assists migrants with their visa applications and where possible connect them with employers. For migrants, employment is the basis for their success, prosperity and ultimate integration into Australian society. Konnecting also tends to the needs of local employers struggling to fill positions with skill shortages. There are cross training benefits with the transfer of skills and knowledge to Australians and often back to the migrants home country if the expat returns home. Migrants also send economic benefits back home. Konnecting also provides assistance in the basic settlement needs like guidance on housing, insurance, banking, community groups and more...
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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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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.
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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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