Dear fellows at PCDN. I'd like to share with you a report on a project on immigration at the community level that was designed and run by the Red Cross in Akranes, Iceland with financial contribution…Continue
I'm documenting the story of a friend of mine, a Libyan who has a very interesting story to tell. He arrived in Iceland in July 2002 after a terrifying journey from Libya, where he had discovered that he was on Gaddafi’s black list for participating in opposition activism (inspired by the Abu Salim massacre in 1996) and support for anti Gaddafi forces.
He was in his mid-twentees, alone and afraid when he arrived in Iceland and received cold welcomes from the immigration…Continue
It has long pussled my why the voices of the millions of muslims in Europe, who work hard every single day (sometimes at odds with the surrounding environment) to develop a healthy idenity at peace with the wider community (and the liberal democratic values that european valusystem is fundamentally based on) go almost unheard in the islam/west debate. Why is it that so many believe politcal or radical islam to be THE ambassador for islam, a web of beliefs and values for millions of people…Continue
I'm preparing a booklet to introduce pilot projects on immigration and integration in the municipality of Akranes, Iceland The projects are based on a trans sector approach (national/local authorities and civil society) shared responsibilities, collaboration and post-modern theories about culture and society.
I've put toghether this list of statements bout integration and would value your comments.
It's an unfortunate contradiction that in an ever intertwined, interdependent, globalized world people seem to be developing ever narrower identities. This is due, at least partly, to the fact that even though our world has changed, our way of thinking about it has not. We are still thinking in categories that are out dated and unfitting in a modern world and that means troubles. If we could upgrade our thinking, globalization could be a vehicle for positive change, prosperity, friendship…Continue