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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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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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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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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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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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US clergy call for comprehensive immigration reform

About a dozen faith leaders warned on Monday that the proposed Utah Legislature’s immigration bills — especially Rep. Stephen Sandstrom’s enforcement-only measure — would create a climate of fear and division among communities. A letter signed by over 30 communities including state’s Catholic and Episcopalian bishops and the Lutheran bishop over the Rocky Mountain region, […]
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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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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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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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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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UN Secretary-General warns against the “policies of discrimination and exclusion” in Europe

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon addressed the European Parliament on the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. In his speech, Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that Europe has been example of peaceful change through ever-closer integration and of respect to Human Rights. However, he showed his disappointment and concern on the situation of migrants in […]
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Australian attitudes towards immigration and asylum-seekers

Monash University, UNAOC Research Network Partner, has released the results of a national survey mapping Australian attitudes on a range of issues, including discrimination, attitudes towards immigration, immigrants and asylum-seekers. Conducted by Professor Andrew Markus, the survey is part of the Scanlon Foundation’s Social Cohesion Research Program (in cooperation with the Australian Multicultural Foundation and […]
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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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International Conference explores integration of Orthodox Migrants in the West

The University of Neuchâtel – Switzerland organizes an international conference about the establishment of Orthodox Churches in several European countries and the United States and their contribution to integration of Orthodox migrants in the West. The conference presents social research findings regarding integration paterns, mechanisms and strategies of Orthodox migrants; their socio-economic issues; and the […]
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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 Rio de Janeiro

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

In reference to the expulsion of Roma people, Giancarlo Perego of the Italian Episcopal Conference defended that European citizens cannot be expelled only because they weigh heavily on the welfare system. Roma people are members of the EU. The free movement of people is “one of the fundamental principles of tomorrow’s Europe.” The creation of […]
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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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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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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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How to work on Women’s Health issues across cultural differences

Female genital mutilation (FGM – also known as Female genital cutting), is a practice linked to cultural traditions that leads to severe physical and mental health consequences. It origins from earlier than Christianity and Islam, and is practiced heavily in certain parts of Asia and Africa. Despite an international protocol to end FGM and laws […]
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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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UK’s minister: banning the burka would be “rather un-British”

UK’s Immigration Minister Damian Green has stated that banning the burka in UK would run against the conventions of a “tolerant and mutually respectful society.” In an interview to the Daily Telegraph, Green has presented the new government’s policies on immigration. They aim to control the migratory flows by changing the perception that migrants have […]
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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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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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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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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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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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The Integration Award for Sports

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