Policy Brief #1: Supporting teachers in the use of interreligious and intercultural dialogue and inclusive education for refugees and migrants

Among specific recommendations in Policy Brief #1 are the creation of fast-track qualification programmes for teachers from refugee/migrant backgrounds, the mainstreaming of intercultural and interreligious dialogue education within the curriculum, and providing teachers with the necessary interreligious and intercultural dialogical skills to work with diverse cultural and religious groups.

Policy Brief #2: Building trust through dialogue in local communities: a key component for the social cohesion of refugees and migrants in Europe

Policy Brief #2 suggests that the lack of social cohesion linked to migration often stems from mistrust. This is rooted in a limited and distorted understanding of ‘’the Other’’, as well as a lack of appreciation or knowledge of the experiences of refugees and migrants on the part of public authorities. Limited interactions with people of different backgrounds and the underrepresentation of refugee and migrant communities in policymaking also contribute to a rise in mistrust. To foster mutual trust, local communities should be helped to recognise the positive contributions that refugees and migrants make to the host country.

Policy Brief #3: Reshaping narratives on migration through intercultural and interreligious dialogue

Europe’s “migration debate” can be acrimonious, and Policy Brief #3 claims that public discourse surrounding refugees and migrants is often shaped by political populism. Despite admirable efforts to address this, a negative narrative persists, leading to the marginalisation of already vulnerable refugee and migrant groups. Policymakers, religious and civil society networks, advocacy organizations, academics, and refugee and migrant groups must come together to address this.

Inclusion through Dialogue – the Booklet of Promising Practices

If you are interested in learning more from specific examples from the field, this publication offers 11 promising practices of Network for Dialogue members from seven European countries. Each promising practice involves interreligious or intercultural dialogue as one of the potential approaches for the better social inclusion of migrants and refugees in Europe. This publication aims to share experiences, challenges and recommendations, for various organizations and individuals working with migrants and refugees in Europe and beyond to have a dialogical approach.

1st European Policy Dialogue Forum Report

The Network for Dialogue was actively contributing to the 1st European Policy Dialogue Forum on Refugees and Migrants organised by KAICIID in October 2019 in Athens, Greece. This report documents the Forum’s discussions and recommendations on topics such as the growing diversity and complexity of migration flows and migration dynamics, the need for new and different approaches in the field of integration, and the extent to which academic research and grassroots experience can contribute to the work of policymakers.

The Network for Dialogue Brochure

To have a quick overview of what the Network for Dialogue is, download our brochure.