Antirumours Networks for Diversity

Have you ever heard expressions like “Immigrants receive more financial aid to open their businesses, and they don’t pay taxes…”; “Immigrants are overcrowding our health services…” or “Immigrants don’t want to integrate or learn our language…”? Such ideas, generally unsupported by facts and data, target specific groups as ‘problematic’ and generate mistrust and social conflict.

C4i-Communication for Integration, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Commission (European Integration Fund), targets prejudices, rumours and stereotypes by using viral information techniques to provide evidence-based answers to common misconceptions. Active participation from citizens as “anti-rumor agents” is a key feature of C4i.

The project is based on a partnership network of 11 cities, working together to implement an innovative public policy to promote life –peace, diversity and social cohesion.

News

  • Anti-rumour kite contest launched in Amadora, Portugal

    Anti-rumour kite contest launched in Amadora, Portugal

    4 March 2014

    Amadora, Portugal

    As part of the campaign “Do not Feed the Rumor!” launched by Amadora’s City Council in September 2014, the city has set up a kite contest for all primary and secondary schools. The contest is held...

  • Patras trains anti-rumour agents in prison

    Patras trains anti-rumour agents in prison

    26 February 2015

    Patras, Greece

    On 28 January 2015, C4i in Patras, Greece, held an anti-rumour workshop on the premises of the municipal prison. The workshop was attended by the prison director, staff and prisoners of different...

  • Don’t get soaked by rumours in Patras!

    Don’t get soaked by rumours in Patras!

    23 February 2015

    Patras, Greece

    In Patras, Greece, childrens’ carnival, held on 15 February 2015, served as a platform to address rumours about citizens from diverse backgrounds.  A group of children, both local and migrant, was...

  • The Sabadell Bar Association has joined the Sabadell “Anti-Rumors” Network

    The Sabadell Bar Association has joined the Sabadell “Anti-Rumors” Network

    The Sabadell Bar Association has joined the Sabadell “Anti-Rumors” Network, originally started by the City Council, in order to stop and deny the misconceptions, clichés and stereotypes regarding...

  • Gastronomic month in Sabadell

    Gastronomic month in Sabadell

    10 Nov. - 5 Dec 2014

    Sabadell, Spain

    The Sabadell City Council suggests approaching its citizens to other cultures. To do so, a series of gastronomic events will be held during the lunch buffet at Escola d’Hosteleria, Vapor Llonch...

The project aims to:

  • Use social networks and viral information channels to provide correct information and explanations on migration and diversity and combat unfounded (but widespread) myths and misconceptions.
  • Devise a methodology and tools that will enable a wide range of cities across Europe to apply the social communication & networking method in the field of diversity and integration. C4i-Antirumours will transfer to 10 partner cities the innovative social communication & networking method experimented successfully in Barcelona.
  • Assess the impact of the method among the population in project locations in order to verify its effectiveness.

Partner cities (click on the map)

C4i is part of the living together in diversity action strand of the Council of Europe and builds upon the knowledge base developed in the framework of the joint CoE/EU programme Intercultural Cities.

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Contact

Christina Baglai
Project Manager
 +33 390 21 59 37

Georgios Klis
Project assistant
+33 388 41 20 09

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