Ready to participate in a DiversiTour in Bilbao and Valencia?
The Spanish cities of Bilbao and Valencia have received one of the Intercultural Cities scholarships for interurban work.
Through their “DIVERSITOURS” project, the two cities will develop a methodology for intercultural visits, circuits and interaction experiences in neighborhoods with a high representation of the migrant population. The project will also help to increase the intercultural competence of the participating cities by:
- Gather knowledge on the socio-educational fabric of neighborhoods where present and past migrations are most deeply rooted.
- Promote the co-creation of an educational program of visits and intercultural experiences in the territories concerned.
- Analyze the impact of the pilot action on intercultural coexistence, under its socio-economic aspects.
The project will involve:
- Research and analysis of case studies from the European MIGRANTOUR program.
- Mapping and analysis of the historical memory of the targeted neighborhoods, involving city officials, citizens of foreign origin, research centers and civil society actors.
- Design the tour routes.
- Train community workers in each neighborhood to conduct intercultural visits and experiences.
- Design of a communication and marketing campaign.
- Carrying out of a pilot visit.
- Conduct impact assessment.
As part of the project, two case studies will be developed and will include the history of migration, the social transformation of neighborhoods, highlights on the contribution of diversity to their development, and the identification of spaces and milestones related to the intercultural construction of neighborhoods. . At the end of the project, two intercultural routes will be designed and local migrants will be trained as key community agents.
The project is expected to contribute to the inclusive urban regeneration of the targeted neighborhoods by valuing the current and historical local significance of migration and cultural diversity in cities. It will further strengthen the commitment of Bilbao and Valencia to the implementation of the principles of the Intercultural Cities program of the Council of Europe. And finally, it will contribute to the development of an intercultural narrative for neighborhoods with a high presence of migrant populations.
The project partners are the research centers (Fundación BEGIRUNE; University of Mondragón (Bilbao); Venture Builder Team Academy; University of Valencia (Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, MIDICO-Migration, Diversity and Coexistence research group)) and the economic promotion and development departments at the municipal level Bilbao Ekintza and Valencia Activa.
Congratulations to the project team!