Webinar: Welcoming Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration
May 30, 2012
Learn about the power of city-led public service campaigns in Barcelona (Spain) and Sheffield (UK) that create safe, welcoming communities by challenging myths and changing misconceptions about immigrants and refugees. These local responses to anti-discrimination help us understand the role and capacity of local government to integrate migrants and provide equal opportunities for all residents.
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Counter stereotypes with facts and information using all available media
Sarah Eldridge started working with refugees after some 20 years as a journalist with the BBC. Her experience in communication led to an interest in the way messages are conveyed, particularly relating to controversial issues like asylum. After two years as Media Officer with the Information Centre about Asylum & Refugees at London’s City University, Sarah decided she wanted to work more closely with how asylum messages are played out on the ground. City of Sanctuary is a movement started in Sheffield that aims to promote a culture of welcome by encouraging acts of hospitality amongst local people and organisations. As Development Officer Sarah works with asylum seekers and refugees to raise awareness by appealing to the basic human instinct of empathy. Refugees share their stories and experiences in the hope of provoking a positive response that will lead to greater understanding and supportive behaviour. City of Sanctuary also organises events where local people and refugees share food, music and other aspects of their cultures, exploring issues of common interest and concern.
Since July 2011, Ramon Sanahuja has been the director of Immigration and Interculturality at the City of Barcelona. Previously, he was the Director of the Immigration and International Cooperation Department where he was responsible for the Barcelona Intercultural plan. He is the Chairman of the Migration working group of Eurocites on behalf of the city of Barcelona (since 2009). He was re-elected as Chairman in March 2012. These working group includes main cities in Europe like Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen. Oslo; Stockholm, Munich, etc. He has participated in many Congress on Immigration issues, Seminaries, University Post degrees (ESADE, University of Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and other Communications and Speeches, locally and internationally.
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