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IO2 Comparative map

IO2: Comparative map of approaches to the intercultural work

The map will provide a basic overview of available solutions in the field of intercultural work, and together with the IO1 will serve as a starting point of other project activities and products. Its goal is to provide clear, concise but exhaustive description of approaches to the intercultural work in the partner countries. It will provide answers to questions, such as:

  • What is the specific system (national, regional, local) approach to the intercultural work;
  • Is it officially recognized as a profession, and if so, how is it regulated (e.g. mandatory education, official job description, etc.);
  • What authorities (if any) take the role of intercultural workers;
  • What are the education options for intercultural workers (formal, informal), and how to qualify as an intercultural worker;
  • Official methodical materials for intercultural work.

Analysis of the systems in place in all partner countries will be assessed from these points of view, and compared in a final analytical report.

Expected impact

The map will feature a unique and one of a kind overview of system approaches to the intercultural work in the partner countries, which will serve three main objectives:

  1. to provide a comprehensive overview of options to the members of 1.5 and 2nd generations of migrants who would like to pursue the career of an intercultural worker;
  2. to map and point out gaps and dead spots in the system of intercultural work, and therefore to show the direction of further efforts in the field;
  3. to help to the project partners to build a knowledge base for the other project outputs (especially the IO4 and the IO5);
  4. to provide a comprehensive comparison of the national approaches on an European level.

Elements of innovation

Similar to the IO1, the innovative character of this output lies in its specific scope. Unlike usual maps or overview aimed at migrants, this aims specifically at limited scope of intercultural work, which is connected with its own specifics and search methods. It also represents an opportunity to identify weak spots in the social inclusion systems in the partner countries, and therefore to contribute to its improvement.