A conference on migration and inclusion with a focus on European, regional and municipal experiences took place in Valencia last 25-26 February. The seminar was organised by the Department of Equality and Inclusive Policies of the Valencia regional government, in collaboration with Interact, the Valencia Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, the University of Valencia and Europe Direct Comunitat Valenciana.

PlurAlps was one of the three Interreg projects invited by INTERACT (EU programme for promotion of Territorial Cooperation and Interreg programmes) to share its experiences.
Robert Moosbrugger, PlurAlps Project Coordinator, took part in the round table on the role of European Territorial Cooperation and Interreg in the migrants’ integration. He introduced the project philosophy of promoting the EU value of Pluralism, and explained the various activities the project is implementing in order to develop and improve practices and awareness regarding the integration of migrants in Alpine regions.

Mr. Robert Moosbrugger, also emphasized that the experiences from the PlurAlps project show that integration processes are not automatic but that they need to be consciously designed to bring local actors together. EU funded projects like PlurAlps can play an important role to help municipalities to deal with the integration of migrants into local society by motivating citizens and migrants to participate in the integration process together.

Mrs. Martina Rüscher, Vice President of the Parliament of Vorarlberg Region (Austria) also participated in the conference as speaker. She presented the approach and measures of the Government of Vorarlberg towards the inclusion of migrants in the Vorarlberg region and how they are linked with the PlurAlps project. (download her presentation here)

As part of the conference programme, the intercultural inclusion approach promoted by the Council of Europe Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme was presented, including some practical examples of city policies, and insights on the methodological approach used by the ICC programme, its tools and guidance for local authorities. Participants also got a more detailed presentation of the RECI – the Spanish Network of Intercultural Cities – as well as of the ICC anti-rumour strategy, now implemented by a constantly growing number of cities in Spain and internationally based on both the Council of Europe Handbook, and the support of Anti-rumours Global. (for more information click here)

Pictures:
1) Robert Moosbrugger, PlurAlps Project Coordinator and Martina Rüscher, Vice President of the Parliament of Vorarlberg Region (Austria).  

2) Opening of the conference in the Aula Magna of the Centre Culrual La Nau of the University Valencia.

3) Mrs. Martina Rüscher presents the approach and measures of the Government of Vorarlberg towards the inclusion of migrants.

4) Conference Logo