Pluralism as a strength of the Alps: this is what ten organisations in the PlurAlps project have been committed to. At the final conference in Bolzano/I on 10th and 11th of October, they presented the results, including an innovation toolbox for integration and political recommendations.
"The history of mankind is a history of migration". With these words, Roland Psenner, President of Eurac Research, opened the final conference of the PlurAlps project in Bolzano/I. Representatives from politics and society discussed what opportunities migration offers the Alps and how new arrivals can be better integrated into local societies. The partners also presented the results of the three-year Interreg project.
Arriving in the Alps
Ten pilot regions in the Alps demonstrated how integration can succeed with the help of municipalities, companies and civil society. In the Bregenzerwald/A, language courses and information made it easier for newcomers to gain access to the labour market. In Valle Stura/I, refugees learned how to manage a mountain farm and in Jesenice/SI, "cultural mediators" supported them with questions about language, registration and health. The partners collected the experiences from the pilot regions and published them in an innovation toolbox.
Improving the quality of life for the population and immigrants: The community network "Alliance in the Alps" has developed an instrumentl for social planning in municipalities. With the help of a questionnaire on fields of action such as participation, work or mobility, municipalities can evaluate and improve their performance.
Pluralism is political
How can the attractiveness of peripheral areas in the Alps be increased? What strengthens social cohesion? How can innovations be promoted? In a participatory process, the PlurAlps partners, together with decision-makers, stakeholders and experts from the field of migration, have drawn up a White Paper. It contains recommendations for politics and society, from communication and integration into the labour market to the conception and implementation of political measures.