The background to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Research is the increasing divide between people born in Sweden and people born abroad and their children.
The differences can be found in areas such as health, average life expectancy, education, the housing market, the labour market and voting in elections. The feeling among certain individuals of not being in a position to participate in or influence decision-making processes in mainstream society carries increased social risks.
The Region Västra Götaland would like equality, integration and internationalisation to permeate regional development. To achieve this, relevant knowledge and expertise are required in order to guide development in a way that everyone benefits, regardless of background.
Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Research is a collaboration project between Region Västra Götaland, the University of Gothenburg, University of Borås and University West. The Center consists of researchers from each of the universities above, and a process leader appointed by Region Västra Götaland.
The Center contributes expertise to public administrations, schools and civil society to combat discrimination, racism and excluding norms so that people born inside and outside Sweden can talk to each other as equals.