Inter cultural dialogue and social cohesion
Intercultural dialogue is, essentially, the exchange of views and opinions between different cultures.
Unlike multiculturalism, where the focus is on the preservation of separate cultures, intercultural dialogue seeks to establish linkages and common ground between different cultures, communities, and people, promoting understanding and interaction.
With 28 countries and many more cultural groupings and identities within the European Union, intercultural dialogue is essential for avoiding conflict and the marginalisation of citizens on the basis of their cultural identity.
There is a great deal of shared practice and - more importantly - shared challenges. Migration within Europe and migration to Europe from other continents is changing the population, its loyalties and references. Migration is the major cultural and political force presently affecting our world. Millions of people are on the move. Mobility - and therefore practical interculturalism - increases. Mixed couples and their children, second and third generation immigrants with one foot in each culture, are common expressions of global mobility in all European societies. This is a phenomenon that enriches. At the same time, the integration of immigrants into mainstream society has caused intense debate since years. What is an appropriate cultural response?