North Rhine-Westphalia and Flanders learn about each other’s integration model
From 28 February to 2 March, five experts from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia paid a study visit to Flanders to learn more about its integration policies. North Rhine-Westphalia and Flanders have a similar population profile and each received many newcomers.
The study visit was a success. Mayor Bart Somers of Mechelen, newly proclaimed as 'best mayor in the world’ because of the city’s diversity and integration policy, spoke about security policy, inclusivity and active citizenship in his city. The director of Atlas – Antwerp’s Agency for inclusion and integration - explained the approach in his city. The third day was devoted to current debates on identity, community building, norms and values. The delegation took a walk in the heart of Molenbeek and participated in a lively debate at Bon, Flanders’ Agency of Integration’s Brussels branch.
This exchange between government experts was an initiative of the Flanders Agency for Local and Provincial Government and the Flemish General Representative in Germany, Mr Koen Haverbeke and was organized in close cooperation with the Agency for Integration and Civic Integration, and the Department of Foreign Affairs. The visit is part of the priority cooperation between North Rhine-Westphalia and Flanders.
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