The RECI (Red de Ciudades Interculturales = Network of Intercultural Cities)

The RECI is a coalition of Spanish cities dedicated to the impetus of policies of diversity management that are based on interculturality.  These cities share methodologies, instruments, good practices and participate in projects together that are directed to promote the culture of diversity.

At the moment, RECI comprises of 15 cities: Barcelona, Bilbao, Cartagena, Castellón de la Plana, San Sebastián, Fuenlabrada, Getafe, Getxo, Jerez de la Frontera, Logroño, Málaga, Parla, Sabadell, Santa Coloma de Gramenet y Tortosa, plus Tenerife Island with its diverse municipalities.

RECI was brought to life by the Council of Europe in 2011, and was supported by the “La Caixa” foundation and the cooperation of GRITIM (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) of Pompeu Fabra University. RECI is incorporated in the European program of Intercultural Cities that was created in 2008 and is led by the Council of Europe.

Intercultural Cities Project

The Intercultural Cities project, established by the Council of Europe in 2008 in a joint initiative with the European Commission, stems from the conviction that one of the biggest challenges in Europe is and will be the management of increasing cultural diversity.

The project’s objective is to offer instruments to the cities in order to manage cultural diversity as a resource of dynamism and social and economic development, by stimulating creativity and innovation.  The final objective is that diversity becomes a source of economic prosperity, social cohesion and quality of life for all citizens.

The project “Intercultural Cities” defends the use of the intercultural focus in the elaboration of policies that direct to diversity. Interculturality is based on the commitment to equal rights, social duties and opportunities; in the construction of a positive discourse on diversity; particularly in the revival of positive social interaction within the population; fighting against discrimination and the exclusion of persons and collectives.

Do you want to know more of this European project? Here you can visit the homepage of Intercultural Cities.