Interculturalism in Cities

Interculturalism in Cities

Concept, Policy and Implementation

Edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero

Cities are increasingly recognized as new players in diversity studies, and many of them are showing evidence of an intercultural shift. As an emerging concept and policy, interculturalism is becoming the most pragmatic answer to concrete concerns in cities. Within this framework, this book covers two major concerns: how to conceptualize and how to implement intercultural policies. Through the use of theoretical and comparative case studies, the current most prominent contributors in the field examine an area that multicultural policies have missed in the past: interaction between people from different cultures and national backgrounds. By compiling the recent research in Europe and elsewhere this book concludes that interculturalism is becoming both an attractive and efficient new paradigm for diversity management.

Chapter 6: European intercultural mindset – what can the attitudes and perceptions of Europeans on intercultural dialogue, integration and discrimination tell the local policy makers?

Anna Ludwinek

Subjects: geography, cities, human geography, politics and public policy, migration, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, migration, urban and regional studies, cities, migration, urban studies


Migration of individuals driven by political and ethnic conflicts, by economic, lifestyle and family circumstances is a key part of our history. New and developing relationships between natives and newcomers have always been a challenge for both groups. Due to its relative political stability, its economic wealth and its developed welfare state Europe is and most likely will be an attractive destination for migrants from all over the world. Moreover the diversity among the European countries triggers mobility within the continent and between European countries resulting in similar integration challenges for EU mobile citizens. European societies will face, and have to cope with, a serious influx of legal and undocumented migrants from all over the world as well as cope with the internal mobility and related challenges. Governments at all levels (local, national and European) are confronted with a continued challenge of integration and the establishment of policies and frameworks in which all newcomers and natives can live in peace. However it is the cities’ urban spaces in particular that keep attracting immigrants, and with that they become even more diverse. This diversity provides ample opportunities for the cities and their inhabitants, for example in terms of cultural innovativeness or competiveness. On the other hand diversity requires the structures that ensure peaceful relationships at the local level. Understanding the views, attitudes towards immigrants and interculturalism is vital for policy makers at any level, but particularly for those at the local level.

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