Guidelines for cities on the role of culture in integration
Culture and the arts can play key roles in the integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, by empowering them through their active contributions, raising intercultural awareness and changing public perceptions. In its recommendations on developing a long-term strategy on culture for the integration of migrants, EUROCITIES provides a comprehensive signpost to how cities can foster social cohesion and an environment of mutual understanding and respect with cultural means. Major elements are:
- Opportunities for mutual learning and intercultural dialogue, also involving shared public spaces, including established civic institutions such as libraries or museums.
- Bottom-up cultural programmes where migrants get access to previously closed-off cultural opportunities. Institutions like theatres and art centres are encouraged to have a presence outside their physical buildings for example.
- Staff in cultural institutions and municipalities adapted to a diverse society, including intercultural training and awareness raising, employment strategies
- Change of cultural institutions from within, including repertoires and programming that is responsive to ongoing changes in audience and participant demographics, or cooperation between cultural institutions and migrant cultural associations.