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Generating Interethnic Tolerance and Neighborhood Integration in European Urban Spaces

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 216184

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 855 824,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 462 749

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO DE GEOGRAFIA E ORDENAMENTO DO TERRITORIO DA UNIVERSIDADE DELISBOA

Portugal

Objective

In the context of the growth of diversification within European nation states there has been much debate in public and policy discourse regarding the cultural specifics of immigrant groups and their descendents. As global processes and events have stressed cultural differences concerns about the cohesion of society, related often to a perceived cultural mismatch between immigrant and indigenous groups, have propelled multiculturalism and integration to the top of the political agenda. Whilst there has been a trend across several European states where a discourse of failing multiculturalism has been accompanied by fears regarding integration, the republican model in France has also been criticised due to its failure to recognise inequality and diversity. Both of these perspectives have been further endorsed by recent urban conflicts in different European cities. These policy shifts and debates are also relevant to the newer destinations of the South where issues of integration are pertinent as in the new reception countries of the East. Whilst being politically important these debates reveal a gap in the evidence base regarding how and in what form cultural engagement and communication actually occurs in urban settings and on the subsequent impacts on integration in social and economic terms. This cross-comparative project intends to address these issues from a relational perspective through the lens of place, assuming that in contemporary multi-ethnic cities spaces of intercultural communication and engagement are vital to promote tolerance and cohesion. A survey will be administered not only to immigrants but also indigenous individuals in 6 European cities at the neighbourhood level, given this is a place were daily social practises, representations and group relations develop. Furthermore, the role that place or neighbourhood dynamics (in their national/urban contexts) play in developing or hindering intercultural interaction and tolerance will be deliberated.
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE GEOGRAFIA E ORDENAMENTO DO TERRITORIO DA UNIVERSIDADE DELISBOA

Address

Edificio Igot Rua Branca Edmee Marques
1600 276 Lisboa

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 311 245,68

Administrative Contact

Paulo Ferreira (Dr.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 249 853

OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 225 012

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA IGLESIA DE DEUSTO ENTIDAD RELIGIOSA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 211 812,20

UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 169 166,80

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 141 245

Faculdade de letras da Universidade de Lisboa

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 154 414,32

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 216184

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 855 824,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 462 749

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO DE GEOGRAFIA E ORDENAMENTO DO TERRITORIO DA UNIVERSIDADE DELISBOA

Portugal