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Diversity management at the city level: the benefits of intercultural integration

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Our cities have become crossroads between cultures, like never before. Despite a decrease due to COVID-19, short-term travel and permanent migration over recent years has meant that urban areas are hubs for a variety of customs and beliefs. Yet, for many urban residents, the temptation to remain within familiar environments is too strong.

The benefits of setting foot outside our bubbles are clear: intercultural exchange within cities helps foster closer collaboration between communities, and promotes the values of equality and inclusion to young ones. Vibrant cities that have acted on encouraging community exchange have benefited from a drop in crime and a rise in tourism. Euro-Med cities are rife with intercultural potential, how could they build on this?


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Our cities have become crossroads between cultures, like never before. Despite a decrease due to COVID-19, short-term travel and permanent migration over recent years has meant that urban areas are hubs for a variety of customs and beliefs. Yet, for many urban residents, the temptation to remain within familiar environments is too strong.

The benefits of setting foot outside our bubbles are clear: intercultural exchange within cities helps foster closer collaboration between communities, and promotes the values of equality and inclusion to young ones. Vibrant cities that have acted on encouraging community exchange have benefited from a drop in crime and a rise in tourism. Euro-Med cities are rife with intercultural potential, how could they build on this?

  • Could schools be the answer to unlocking community exchange?
  • What policies and best practices would lead to social cohesion within Euro-Med cities?
  • How can urban areas regain their attraction as cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, rather than the drawbacks of segregated communities?

Speakers

Katharina Bamberg

Migration Policy Advisor at EUROCITIES

Irena Guidikova

Head of Division of the Inclusion and Anti-discrimination programmes at the Council of Europe

Eleonora Insalaco

Head of Operations and Intercultural Research at the Anna Lindh Foundation

Normunds Popens

European Commission Deputy Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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Katharina Bamberg
Katharina Bamberg

Migration Policy Advisor at EUROCITIES

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Prior to her current position at EUROCITIES, Katharina Bamberg worked as a policy analyst in the European Migration and Diversity Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC). In particular, she is specialised in strategic communication on migration, the EU’s migration policies in relation with third countries and resettlement. Bamberg also worked for the Odysseus Academic Network for Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy, based at the Université Libre Bruxelles, on issues related to the legal aspects of reforming the Common European Asylum System.

Irena Guidikova
Irena Guidikova

Head of Division of the Inclusion and Anti-discrimination programmes at the Council of Europe

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With over 25 years of experience at the Council of Europe, Irena Guidikova is a leading expert on youth and cultural policy, participatory democracy, diversity and intercultural integration. In her current position, she specialises on the strengthening of equality and the fight against discrimination through bilateral and multilateral co-operation programmes with public institutions and civil society organisations. Guidikova is also the Founder of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities programme aimed at supporting local strategies for migrant and minority inclusion.

Eleonora Insalaco
Eleonora Insalaco

Head of Operations and Intercultural Research at the Anna Lindh Foundation

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In addition to her current role, Eleonora Insalaco also heads intercultural research at the Anna Lindh Foundation. She is the editor of three consecutive editions of the Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends in the EuroMed region (2010, 2014, 2017) and of the Anna Lindh Handbook of Intercultural Citizenship Education in the EuroMed region. In her research, Insalaco focuses on Islamic Studies and Euro-Med relations in the fields of education, research, youth, civil society, cultural and media.

Normunds Popens
Normunds Popens

European Commission Deputy Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy

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Early on in his career, Normunds Popens joined the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations as well as the Director of the EU Department and Undersecretary of State for EU Affairs. He also represented Latvia in its embassies in the USA, as Ambassador in Norway and Iceland, and at the Latvian Representation to the EU. In his current position, Popens is responsible for the implementation of policies in the realm of regional and urban policies ranging from sustainable development to European territorial cooperation.

Dharmendra Kanani
Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.

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THIS ACTIVITY IS ORGANISED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION

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