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Meeting : Experiences of administering local diversity

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The round table on "Experiences of administering local diversity",  was attended by Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former French minister and politician, and Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg (France), who answered Moroccan journalist Amine Boushaba's questions . 

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Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said during her speech, « multiculturalism allows people to evolve . Whe she was named minister in the socilist government of Françcois Hollande, she realized how complicated it was to introduce battle against stereotypes  such as the equality man/woman or diversity. She added that for some people she was only perceived as « a quota linked to diversity » and not as a politician. She added : «  you have to believe in your legitimacy to keep fighting ».

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In terms of social mixity, she says, “ different studies have shown that people live better when they live side by side with people coming from elsewhere » .

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For Mr Roland Ries, Mayor of the city of Strasbourg,  there would be no dialogue without diversity. Because he says : « confronting different ideas and philosophy is important for a society. Being different, should never ba a cause hatred  or fear, only dialogue. 

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Mr Abdellah Boussouf, said for his part : the integration of  the Moroccans living abroad,  is an irreversible process in host societies,  adding that the link they keep with their country of origin is a cultural one.

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Speaking about Migration, he said there, are currently 250 millions of migrants in the world, which can be compared to a major power like the United States. 

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Mr Boussouf closed the debate, by saying that more than 100 persons came from all parts of the world to participate to the CCME debates.  

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