Practical

Thursday, 18 April, 2024 - 14:30 until 16:00
Lamot Congrescentrum

Van Beethovenstraat
8-10

2800
Mechelen

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We are all more or less familiar with the stories of bigger cities like Antwerp and Ghent. But over the past two decades, small and medium-sized cities have also become increasingly diverse. During this panel discussion, researchers will focus on what cities are already doing to achieve equal opportunities for newcomers and to make diverse societies thrive, what the effects are, and how cities could do better in the future. They will then discuss with policy makers, civil society and social partners.

Are small and medium-sized cities merely implementers of migration and diversity policies determined by the state or are they innovative laboratories of diversity policy? Are they more progressive than Flanders or are they just beacons of more exclusion? Can they be engines of inclusion? And what are successful recipes for making inclusion and diversity a success in large and smaller cities?

Professor Ilke Adam is a senior lecturer at VUB, and an expert in migration and diversity policies. She is the director of the interdisciplinary research center BIRMM, a network of more than 100 VUB researchers working on migration and diversity. As a political scientist, she researches how different levels of authority, from the EU to local governments, engage in migration and diversity, why they make certain policy choices and what the effects of those policies are.

Soline Ballet is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University, and is affiliated with the Migration Law Research Group. Soline is also a member of the interdisciplinary Center for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and conducts research on future-oriented social work for people without legal residence in Belgium.

Bart Somers, mayor of Mechelen, Hans Bonte, mayor of Vilvoorde, Agnessa Solovieva, welfare officer in Ninove, and Maret Dakaeva, coordinator of Uit De Marge vzw, will take part in the panel conversation. 

This panel discussion is part of Facts to Act 2024, organised by the Hannah Arendt Instituut.  

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Dit initiatief maakt deel uit van het publieksprogramma van de VUB: een programma voor iedereen die vindt dat het anders kan in de wereld en gelooft dat wetenschappelijke inzichten, kritisch denken en dialoog een belangrijke eerste stap zijn om je stempel te drukken op jouw omgeving en de wereld.

Als Urban Engaged University wil de Vrije Universiteit Brussel een drijvende kracht van verandering in de wereld te zijn. Met ons academisch onderwijs en ons innovatief onderzoek dragen we bij aan de Sustainable Development Goals van de Verenigde Naties en drukken we mee onze stempel op de toekomst.

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