Art, Culture and Integration
In November 2015 Member States’ Culture Ministers agreed that culture and the arts have a role to play in the process of integrating refugees who will be granted asylum status. EU Culture Ministers also agreed to create a new working group of Member State experts in the context of the migration and refugee crisis, to explore how culture and the arts can bring individuals and peoples together and increase participation in cultural and societal life.
The paper explores and elaborates on the ways in which arts and culture can support the integration of migrants and refugees through a mapping of examples from across Europe.
The sub-questions are:
1. Which recent initiatives have used culture and the arts to promote the integration of refugees and migrants?
2. What has been the role of government authorities (at national / regional / local levels)?
3. Has the impact of any such initiatives been measured, if so how, and what evidence is there on likely success factors?
4. Is there evidence that some forms of cultural activities are more likely to facilitate the integration of refugees/migrants than others, if so why?
5. Have cultural initiatives been differentiated to target different groups of refugees/migrants: e.g. recent arrivals (first six months), cf longer term (after six months)? Or has there been no particular differentiation?