The Power of Contact: Fostering Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion through Social Mixing Activities

The Power of Contact: Fostering Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion through Social Mixing Activities

Date:
Jun 22, 2021
Time:
03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Location: 
  • Online

Facilitating the meaningful social mixing of people of different backgrounds is an increasingly important tenet of mainstream programming and policies aimed at promoting migrant inclusion and broader social cohesion at the local, national and even global levels.

This event provided participants with guidance in fostering migrant integration and social cohesion through social mixing activities. It serveed as an opportunity to present the publication: The Power of Contact: Designing, Facilitating and Evaluating Social Mixing Activities to Strengthen Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion Between Migrants and Local Communities, which was developed within the framework of the IOM Joint Global Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion (DISC). The publication draws from IOM programming and promising practices in the areas of integration, inclusion, social cohesion, combatting xenophobia and hate speech.

See also the DISC Digest on Digitalization and Strengthening Social Connections and the Survey Bank on Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion.

With a view to showcasing the strategies and findings contained in this publication, the webinar included a panel discussion and the opportunity to share experience and lessons learned to effectively design and implement activities that encourage social mixing between different communities and foster cohesive societies.

The event was moderated by Geertrui Lanneau, Senior Labour Migration and Human Development Specialist, IOM Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO.

Featuring speakers:  

  • Jobst Köhler, Senior Integration & Migrant Training Specialist, IOM Headquarter Geneva
  • Helena Moço, Founding Director at Abrazo and Cultural Changemakers for Migration at Ashoka
  • Nefeli Filou, Project Coordinator, IOM Greece (HELIOS)
  • Izzat Jandali, Project Coordinator, LaLiga Foundation