Latvia: Harmonious Europe (?)
(Communication - EU-wide - English)
Begin 15/05/2013 - 00:00
End 16/05/2013 - 00:00
Venue Riga, Latvia
Organiser National Integration Centre, Ministry of Culture of Latvia
Although patterns and reasons for immigration differ from region to region, many European states are faced with a similar problem – large social groups that are not well integrated within a community. While the causes and history differ, the problems are similar, with divided information spaces, insufficient integration in the educational systems and different perceptions of history. In the Baltics this is exacerbated by the closeness of Russia and recent history. In many “old” European Countries social inequality is the major challenge.
How do we balance individual freedoms, which include the right to live in a separate, parallel society, with the need for the participation of the entire society in a democratic community based on common values for the effective functioning of democracy? How do we combine the diversity of society, openness to this diversity with the rights of the host nation to the preservation of its cultural space? Are identities exclusive or complementary? Will people of the 21st century naturally have several identities?
To discuss these questions, NGO representatives, politicians, academics, and journalists including speakers and participants from third countries are invited to a European conference “Harmonious Europe (?)” that will be organized on 15-16 May in Riga, Latvia.
The event will focus on the integration of second and third generation immigrants, integration policy issues and approaches in integrating immigrants of different generations, including the experience of other European countries. The aim of this conference is to collect resolutions, principles or recommendations that would be useful for framing future integration policy in Europe.
The event is organised by the National Integration Centre, a project of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia under the auspices of the Solidarity and Migration Flows Programme, financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals, in close co-operation with the European Union National Institutes for Culture cluster in Riga.