As European societies face growing immigration and increasing mobility of citizens, diversity management becomes a major task for public institutions. Despite the fact that the importance of intercultural competences for sustainable development and social cohesion is defined as an urgent need by the European Commission (IP/11/911) and widely acknowledged in the majority of the member states of the EU, there is still a lack of innovative models for effective integration in the ‘organisational culture’ of local administrations. This was the main outcome of the first INTEGRA Seminar for local integration officers organised by Citizens For Europe e.V. in December 2012.

Connecting practitioners

INTEGRA plus aims at tackling this issue by adapting and disseminating an innovative approach developed within the “European Intercultural Competences Programm” (EICP) by the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE). It is based on the concept of “civil society dialogue” between employees of public administrations and migrants’ organisations about needs and challenges on both sides, aiming at an increased awareness about discriminating practices, improved communication and conflict management strategies. With its process-oriented focus on modifying working structures and routines within the administration, this approach transcends ‘classical’ intercultural trainings. These seminars will be co-organised by our partners across Europe:

Fondazione Mondinsieme – ITALY
Lietuvos suaugusiųjų švietimo asociacija – LITHUANIA
City District Government Amsterdam-East – NETHERLANDS
Equality and Diversity Forum – UNITED KINGDOM
Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung – GERMANY

How does it work?

In three international workshops trainers from the partner organizations further develop the INTEGRA 2012 approach and adapt it for their local context together with integration officers and representatives of migrants/ethnic minority organisations. Each partner will host a training, using the adapted materials, with local stakeholders in public administrations and migrants’/ethnic minority organisations to implement the innovation. Additionally, integration officers from municipalities across the EU can participate in the workshops to give additional input and act as multipliers, promoting the training approaches to local decision-makers in their own administration.

The expected outcomes of the project will be revised, supplemented and translated training materials will be published as a handbook. Intangible outcome is the long-term implementation of the training concept in different European countries facilitated by partners and multipliers.

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