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Various aspects of integration were discussed at international conference in Tallinn

02.12.2016  15:59
On 29-30 November 2016 the international conference "Integration Challenges in a Radicalizing World" took place in Tallinn.

The conference presenters included experts from Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Estonia who addressed various topics related to integration as radicalization and its prevention, acculturation, cultural diversity, inclusion and diversity in the labor market, as well as the role civil society and the education system play in creating an environment that supports cultural diversity in society.

In the panel of the inclusion of civil society the Danish experience was described by Mads Nygaard from Venligboerne (Friendly Neighbours), a volunteer organization that brings together local people and refugees. The idea that started as a small Facebook group in late 2014 is for newly arrived asylum-seekers to meet Danes in a relaxed and simple way. Now there are over 100 groups in Denmark with over 100.000 members. Learning Danish comes naturally through meeting people in the network and through this many refugees have found work, schooling or a place to live, further integrating and becoming a part of Danish society.

The conference was organized by the Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA) and supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, as well as partners of the British Council, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Royal Danish Embassy, Tallinn University and others. The conference was aimed to integration experts, policy-makers, researchers, members of civil society, business owners and representatives of international organizations.

Read more about the conference here.

Mads Nygaard (photo: Katrine Pedersen)

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