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Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict – Brandeis University

Name of Practitioner: Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict – Brandeis University Website: http://heller.brandeis.edu/academic/coex/ Contact Information: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University 415 South Street Waltham, MA 02454-9110 USA Boston area, Waltham, Phone: +1-617-775-4530 Email: COEX@brandeis.edu   Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise:   The Graduate Programs in Coexistence […]
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EUMARGINS

EUMARGINS is a collaborative project financed by The Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) of the European Union. The research focus is on inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants in seven European countries.
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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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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 […]
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Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 cities, 20 Good Practices

The second issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices features twenty of the most innovative US cities in the area of immigrant integration. These cities are diverse, ranging in size and geographic location. Yet, each highlights good examples of immigrant integration programs, whether through public-private partnerships, advisory initiatives, or action-oriented programs.
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Immigrant Integration Partnership, Los Angeles, California

In late January 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Mayor Villaraigosa announced a new partnership to promote citizenship and strengthen immigrant integration efforts in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the country. This new partnership between local and federal officials was launched as a pilot program that will remain in effect for two years. Immigrant residents in Los Angeles have access to free citizenship information sessions; naturalization workshops; USCIS educational materials highlighting the U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process; and targeted outreach to increase awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
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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.
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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.
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Mayor’s Hispanic Latino Initiative, Durham, North Carolina

Started on July 26, 2002, the Mayor’s Hispanic Latino Initiative seeks to reduce the high number of violent crimes against Hispanics by building a stronger partnership among the Hispanic community, the city government, and police. Strategies developed to reach this goal include increasing the level of police activity in targeted Latino neighborhoods; integrating Latinos into the community by developing neighborhood capacity and breaking down barriers to community services, governmental institutions and employment opportunities; and decreasing potential friction between Latinos and other population groups by promoting understanding of cultural differences.
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Victim Services – Immigration, El Paso, Texas

Immigrants too often become victims of domestic abuse. Many of their batterers use immigration status as a way to control them, making them feel powerless to seek help or protection. The abuser may exploit the immigrant in many ways, such as destroying or stealing his or her papers, calling him or her names such as “illegal,” threatening to have the person deported or reporting his or her immigration status. The City of El Paso’s Police Department is aware of these concerns and in response established a Victim Services Unit to work with immigrants to make sure that they are aware of their rights. Victims have the right to protection from harm and threats and have the right to privacy. Most importantly, as victims of crimes, immigrants are not required to report their immigration status to police. A female immigrant who goes to a battered women’s shelter has the right to keep her immigration status private. Likewise, El Paso residents are not required to be citizens in order to get a restraining order and are entitled to receive emergency medical care.
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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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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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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 […]
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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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Survey reveals misperceptions about migration data

Debates around migration are often fuelled by large-scale misconceptions both in North America and Europe. People need to be given a realistic sense of the scale of immigration in their country so that they can have a nuanced view toward immigration. According to a survey released on February 3rd Americans and Europeans both tend to […]
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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 […]
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Concurso escolar “Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!”

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British Muslim conservative chairman: stop ‘bigotry’ against Muslims

Baroness Warsi, co-chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK addressed a speech at the University of Leicester in which she expressed her concerns about a “growing religious intolerance in the country,” especially towards Muslims. Her statements represent the most high-profile intervention in Britain’s religious debate by any member of David Cameron’s government. Although Mrs. […]
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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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Cuts to Integration Budgets in US and the EU

Recession-battered European countries made cuts to their integration programs in 2009. These cuts have continued in 2010 exception made of Germany, only EU-country that has increased integration spending. In the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the combination of recession and new policies are impacting on integration programs. The governing coallition in the United Kingdom has […]
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Spain: migrants to vote in local elections

Immigrants with legal status that have resided for at least five years in Spain will now be given the rights to vote in local elections beginning in 2011. This opportunity represents a historical milestone. For the first time ever, non-EU migrants will actively engage in the democratic process. Participation of migrants in policy-creation and decision-making […]
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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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Gypsy World audiovisual project

Maranatha Federation is a non profit organization that aims to promote integration, rights and culture of Roma. Its main objective is to improve education and socio-economic background of Roma in the region of Valencia (Spain). Maranatha also promotes Roma culture and identity, as well as their integration in the context of main stream society. Since […]
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The invisibles – series of films about undocumented migrants in Mexico

Amnesty International and Mexican actor and producer Gael García Bernal, have launched a series of films about the journey that migrants make between Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the United States. "The Invisibles offers a unique testimony of migrants, aid workers and medical professionals who speak about the danger and hopes of thousands of men and women who cross Mexico in search of a better life." In April 2010, Amnesty International released a report called "Invisible Victims: Migrants on the Move in Mexico." The report registered the experience of abuses against migrants in Mexico including, for instance, nearly 10,000 migrants abducted, killed, robbed, or even assaulted and thrown off speeding trains.
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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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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.
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Merkel on mosques in Germany

A news item from the Migration Policy Group features excerpts from a interview with Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which she points out that integration is an important task for German people facing immigration. Germans need to accept that immigration is changing the character of the country. Indeed, "mosques will be a more prominent part of [the] urban landscape than before.” Merkel reminded that the German constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Respect and tolerance can only be guaranteed if laws and all articles of the constitution are respected.
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Pew research: Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

A recent national survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, concludes that “86% of Latinos support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if they pass background checks, pay a fine and have jobs.” This level of support among the general public is also high (68%). The survey […]
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Researchers agree that immigration is economically and socially beneficial to Europe

With the economic downturn fears are growing across European societies that immigrants are hindering, not helping. According to Eurostat, EU’s statistics agency, the 27 members countries of the EU were host to 32 million foreign citizens in 2009, of which around one third were from another EU27 country. Christian Dustmann, economics professor at University College […]
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Are countries shutting their doors to migrants?

In an article published in the Minnpost, several experts analyze the status of migration in different regions of the world. Migration isn’t just about rich countries shunning the arrival of migrants from poorer ones. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one. The economic downturn […]
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Images, public perceptions and integration of Muslim migrants

Managing public perceptions through provision of illustrations and management of images play an essential role in the integration of migrants. Images have an impressive power in affecting collective subconscious. Images have invaded streets through advertising and livingrooms through television, the Internet and magazines. Campaign experts resort to suggestive images that cannot be ignored. Indeed, images […]
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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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Diversity is Australia’s major strength

The former Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks affirms that migrants have been pivotal to the nation’s success. Australia needs to recommit to multiculturalism for practical reasons. Mr. Bracks affirms that “diversity — when it’s dwelled upon as a point of difference — can be scary. But that’s no excuse for backing away from what is in […]
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Youth documentaries and interviews about migration

The Ilminster-based charity Glade (UK) is running a project that aims to educate teenagers about global issues with the use of media and visual arts. Since May 2010, the group of youth has interviewed people from Poland, Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana and Sudan. They have asked the interviewees to share their experiences of what life was […]
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Muslim migrants well integrated in Scotland

A poll conducted by the British Council Scotland shows that two-thirds (65%) of respondents has a favourable opinion towards Muslims. A majority also thinks that Muslims living in Scotland are loyal to the country. Most of the respondents, both Muslims and non-Muslims, felt the process of integrating was easier in Scotland than England. Three factors […]
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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 […]
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Islam lessons to promote integration in Germany

The German Minister of Education defends that introducing Islam lessons in German schools will help Muslim migrants to integrate. She believes that Muslim communities in Germany should understand themselves as part of German society.
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Tariq Ramadan: fear of Islam in Europe is due to perceptions, not to immigration

The Muslim scholar of the University of Oxford describes in this interview what role Muslims have to play in Western societies. Tariq Ramadan recommends to separate the discussion about Europe’s immigration issues from the question of the participation in society of Muslim European citizens and the topic of Islamophobia. Muslim Europeans are not all immigrants […]
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IOM fears of a possible exodus of Zimbabwean migrants from South Africa

In 2008, more than 60 people were killed during anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa – foreigners being seen as competition for the scarce jobs available. In 2010, 1.5 million to 2 million Zimbabweans work and live in South Africa. After the end of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many Zimbabweans flee the country […]
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OECD blames economic crisis for global fall in migration

The OECD has just issued its "International Migration Outlook 2010". The report highlights that the number of migrants going to the most developed countries dropped by 6% in 2008.
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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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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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Integration and anti-radicalization in Amsterdam

This article retraces the experience in migrant integration made by Job Cohen, former Mayor of Amsterdam and candidate to the national elections, specifically in maintaining the dialog with Muslim immigrant communities.
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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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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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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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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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Supporting the Capacities of Local Municipalities on Migration Management in Turkey

This initiative, funded through IOM’s 1035 facility, aimed to contribute to the development of local migration policies and to enhance welfare officers in a better understanding of international migration. It strengthened their ability to deal with humanitarian needs of migrants in line with the Turkish framework and international best practices. Over an eight-day training, a group of 25 selected welfare officers have been exposed to techniques for the design and delivery of social services to migrants. The training, which will be extended throughout the country, also included migrant community leaders who provided information on migrants' access to basic services and this provided participants with a unique insight into problems and living conditions of migrants directly from themselves. Moreover, a training manual entitled “Delivery of Basic Social...
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Banlieues d’Europe

Blanlieues D'Europe is a European wide network, a forum for investigating the fundamental human concerns and issues within Europe (alienation, exclusion, social divisiveness especially within urban neighbourhoods. As regards these issues, Arts has a vital role to perform. Acting as a european exchange platform, the network meetings enable Culture, Town Policies, Social Work, Town development and research professionals to meet together and to reflect in depth on the problems linked to their practices...
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Attracting and retaining newcomers in a small city – research

Dr. Julie Drolet is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. She is the principal investigator of a study titled "Settlement Experiences of Family-Class Immigrants in a Small City." She is working towards creating a more welcoming and inclusive community in Kamloops, British Columbia, in order to attract and to retain newcomers in the Interior of BC. As a social work researcher, teacher and community member, she contributes to community engagement and dialogue on settlement and integration issues in Canada...
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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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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.
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Migrant women in the eye of the public and political opinion

The Swiss Federal Commission on Migration has published a report on Women and Migration in Switzerland. Conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies of the University of Bern, the study analyses public and political perceptions of migrant women. Read the report (French version) Read the report (German version) How useful was this information? Users […]
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Migration and diversity challenges in Europe

The EMILIE project concentrates on legal, educational and political challenges posed by cultural and ethnic diversity in European societies.
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The integration of Muslim migrants in Europe

This new book explores the interaction between native majorities and Muslim minorities in different European countries.
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A comparison of migrant integration between the United States and Europe

The United States and Europe do not share the same set of political attitudes and policies on the integration of immigrant into their respective societies.  This paper demonstrates different views and actions on integration and provide information from both sides of the Atlantic. Learn more about the paper How useful was this information? Users ratings […]
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Investing in cultural Diversity and intercultural dialogue

This report aims to underline the complexity of cultural diversity issues.
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Freedom from discrimination

Understanding the impact of discrimination and fostering a community that is welcoming, embracing, strengthening the difference?
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Journalists analyze migrants’ media coverage

This report relates analysis on a three day workshop about the journalistic interpretation of migrants’ issues. Journalists makes criticism after analyzing the media treatment of migration subjects.  This report also raises awareness regarding the obstacles that can obstruct journalist professional work, and the objective of the migratory purposes. Read the 2008 report How useful was this […]
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The effect of the economic crisis on attitudes toward immigration

This report addresses immigration and integration issues including the effect of the economic crisis on attitudes toward immigration
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The political, social, and economic participation of Muslims in 11 European cities

The Open Society Institute announces the publication of a major new report on the level and nature of integration of Muslims in 11 cities across Western Europe.
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