Dublin signs up to Intercultural Cities Programme 2011 - 2012

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Dublin City is to sign up to the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Programme 2011 -2012, on Friday, 23rd September at 1pm in City Hall, Dublin 2. The agreement will be signed by the Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague and Robert Palmer, Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Council of Europe.

 

The Intercultural Cites Programme supports cities in developing strategies in managing the integration of migrants and minorities.  As part of the programme Dublin will review its policies from an intercultural perspective , learn from successful practices in other cites involved and form a plan of action which will decide  it’s intercultural strategy.

 

Dublin will now become part of the 25-strong network of European cities that promote interculturalism including Oslo, Lewisham, Lyon, San Sebastian, Geneva, Berlin, Lublin and Copenhagen. Members recognise that diversity is a source of creativity which can generate prosperity and a better quality of life for citizens.

 

“For me openness and diversity are a key strength for Dublin city and I believe we need to celebrate diversity, not just tolerate it,” says Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague. “Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration has recognised the value of diversity and has done much to encourage interaction between our migrant societies and the wider society. Events such as the Chinese New Year Festival have promoted understanding and respect for the contribution our migrant communities make. Campaigns such as ‘One City One People’ have highlighted that racism and discrimination are simply not acceptable. Dublin’s participation in the Intercultural Cities Programme is a reflection on the excellent work that has been done and will allow us to learn from and share knowledge with our European peers.”

“Dublin’s brand of interculturalism is special because it is driven by civil society with the gentle and competent support of officials. It is amazing how much great work can be carried out by volunteers. One of Dublin’s strengths is in engaging citizens in its intercultural efforts. All possible means are being used to reach out to the greatest number  – debates, festivals, art, street encounters, Facebook. Migration is our future, we need to accept this fact and take it into account when considering future development. Dublin is now part of a network of 25 European cities that will work together to achieve this.” said Robert Palmer.

 

 

For further information:

Declan Hayden, Office of Integration, Dublin City Council: 086 8150336

Dublin City Council Press Office T. (01) 222 2107,

View the agreement at    https://www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/content//YourCouncil/CouncilPublications/Documents/Dublin_ICC_agreement_2011.pdf

Council of Europe website:  www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/culture/cities/default_en.asp

 

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Notes to the Editor:

 

Dublin’s Intercultural Profile:

 

Dublin is the capital and by far the largest city of the Republic of Ireland. The city proper (which is the subject of this report) has a population of 506,211 (2006) within a wider metropolitan area of 1,045,769 people.

 

There were almost 74,000 non-Irish nationals living in the Dublin City administrative area in 2006, with 46% living within the inner city area, representing a higher level of concentration than for the population as a whole. The predominant ethnic group for Dublin City was White Irish, accounting for 81 per cent of the total city population compared to the national figure of over 87 per cent.

The northeast area of the city centre continues to be home to the greatest concentrations of ethnic minority communities – four out of the ten Electoral Divisions in this part of Dublin have an ethnic minority population of over 50%, while a further three in that area have an ethnic minority population of over 25%. There were just over 5,500 black and black Irish residents and 16,436 Asian of Asian Irish residents.

 

Just under 80% of the residents of Dublin city are Catholic, less than the national figure of 87%. Muslims comprise the main minority religious group in the city. Although no precise figures are available, Muslim sources currently believe the number of Muslims living in the city to be around 12,000 persons. Other religious groups include Christian Orthodox, Protestant, Presbyterian, Evangelical, Hindu and Sikh.

 

One City One People Campaign 2011 is taking place this autumn. Its aim is to broadcast the message that Dublin is a city which respects and embraces difference and does not accept racism or discrimination. This Campaign is part of the Intercultural Cities Programme 2011 – 2012.

Web link: www.dublin.ie/arts-culture/one-city-one-people.htm

 

Dublin‘s integration strategy theme:

Towards Integration – A City Framework.

 

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