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Gdansk, Poland wins 2018 Innovation in Politics Award for work in immigrant integration

An international jury of more than 1,000 people representing the 47 member states of the Council of Europe has awarded the 2018 Innovation in Politics Award, in the Human Rights category, to the city of Gdansk, Poland for its work on the Gdansk Model of Immigrant Integration. Gdansk was chosen from among over 600 projects from 12 countries.

The Gdansk Model of Immigrant Integration, part of the city’s policy, has the goal of delivering equal quality services for immigrants. It was designed and is implemented by a cross-sectoral team on integration consisting of 150 stakeholders from education, housing, employment, culture, safety, and community integration.

The aim of the Innovation in Politics Awards is ‘to recognize and support politicians who have the courage to break new ground, who are creative and achieve real results – regardless of party affiliation and regional level, and based on European values: social balance, democracy and human rights’. The awards are granted by the Vienna Innovation in Politics Institute in eight categories: Quality of Life, Prosperity, Jobs, Ecology, Civilisation, Democracy, Human Rights, and Community.

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