Estonia: Impact of Culture on Integration, Conference proceedings
11/03/2013 - Estonie - Anglais
Posté par : Country Coordinator Estonia
Culture provides an environment for dialogue between different ethnic groups and, thus, plays an important role in fostering the integration process and promoting the inclusion of ethnic minorities. Currently, a key question that prevails throughout Europe is how to use culture more effectively in creating cohesive societies, without putting at risk the preservation of cultural identities of the members of different ethnic groups.
The role of culture in integration however, poses a number of questions. For instance, does the unification of a society on the basis of common citizenship and common language also suppose the acquisition of a common culture (or at least some of its elements)? And, if so, how does it differ from assimilation? When tackling these questions, both the Estonian and the European Union context were considered at the conference.
The aim of the conference was to exchange information, experiences and best practices between the EU Member States with regard to the role of culture in the integration of third country nationals, as well as generating new ideas for future activity and policy.
Source : www.impactofculture.eu