One of the objectives that RECI peruses is the exchange of experiences between distinct cities, with the intention to share generated knowledge and thereby extracting conclusions that can be useful to all its members for the development of future projects. In order for this exchange to flow, RECI organises two annual meetings between the cities that form the network. Apart from this, European sessions of Intercultural Cities and international events related to the matter are set up. In the same manner, the RECI team maintains steady contact with local administrations of the member cities. With the attained information the RECI generates contents and publications that are distributed through its own channels (web, social media), trough print media or research publications.
These are some of the projects:
The ICC Index (Intercultural City Index) is an instrument to measure the impact that diversity policies have in the cities, especially in terms of integration of immigrants and minorities. The ICC is applied for the first time in the moment when a new city joins RECI and is periodically applied with the intention to diagnose the evolution of results from the different implemented policies.
The index analyses various indicators trough quantitative and qualitative data and allows to obtain a rough image of the municipal realities and the development of intercultural policies. The result is that is becomes easier to compare different work areas of each city and obtain international perspectives on the Intercultural Cities strategy’s functioning.
The objective of this project is to counteract negative stereotypes, clichés and false rumours that are circulating around immigration and cultural diversity in the cities and which can consolidate into discriminatory and racist actions. In order to achieve this, the prevailing stereotypes and false rumours that are in circulation are identified and analysed, and then objective and rigorous information to dismantle them is collected.
Due to the initial success of this strategy when it was put into operation for the first time in Barcelona in 2010, the RECI cities have adopted the project progressively. It combines very diverse actions, like the creation of a citizen “Anti-Rumours” network or the formation of “Anti-Rumour Agents” to awareness-raising activities and communication campaigns.
Within the framework of the “Intercultural Cities” network and inspired by the Anti-Rumours project, the C4i (Communication for Integration) intents to utilize social networks and viral information channels to offer correct data and information on migration and diversity features. In that sense it is combating myths and rumours that put social cohesion at risk. C4i aims to amplify the experience from Barcelona and adapt it to the European level, using a common methodology and evaluation instruments that allow to estimate the impact of the actions of the project with the end to verify its efficiency.
The Council of Europe leads the work of 11 European cities that participate in this project, among those are 3 that belong to the RECI (Barcelona, Bilbao y Sabadell) which share experience with Amadora (PT), Botkyrka (SE), Erlangen (DE), Limerick (IE), Loures (PT), Lublin (PL), Nüremberg (DE) y Patras (GR).
The DELI project (Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration) promotes local policies that support business initiatives and the creation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by immigrants. The objective is to foster economic integration of immigrants and reduce social gaps by doing so. It hopes to incite the development of a local platform for cooperation between public and private organs that can support migrants to create their own SMEs and reach own productive activity. In the same way, the project tries to elaborate evaluation instruments that facilitate local governments the analysis of the results from this diversity policy.
The DELI project, based on the collaboration between 10 European cities, aims to create knowledge transfers and common action frames of diversity in the European Union. It is financed by the Council of Europe and the Foundation for European Integration.