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Economic Growth and Innovation in Multicultural Environments, ENGIME, Final Report, EUR 23130

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-50007


Diversity is increasingly at the core of the academic and political debate. On the one hand, diversity is referred to as a main asset for development and human welfare. At the global level, the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) states that "cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature" (Art. 1). Similarly, at the European level diversity is seen as the core concept of European identity (and United in Diversity is the motto proposed by the European Constitution). On the other hand, the processes of European integration, enlargement, new migration flows and the compression of time and space induced by globalisation bring diversity to the forefront, facing policy-makers with formidable questions, concerning as different areas as migration, labour market, education and language policies as well as the physical, political and social structure of cities. These processes raise a series of questions to policy-makers, which touch upon different areas of policy-making, ranging from labour market, education, migration policies to issues related to urban areas, governance and political responsibility, citizenship.

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Record Number: 9111 / Last updated on: 2008-04-14
Category: MISC