Aubervilliers (France)

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A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

Within the framework of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism and its Ten Point Plan of Action, the City of Aubervilliers has led a vast diagnosis on the situation of discrimination and equality promotion on its territory.

In 2010-2011, City of Aubervilliers wanted to understand both how residents feel in the City as well as how effective its services were in addressing discrimination. By interviewing both the residents and the service providers, the City was able to make a ‘full diagnosis’ and to get a clear picture of the situation on the ground. Afterward, they were able to assess which services were effective in addressing discrimination and which would have to be adapted. The diagnosis consisted of interviews with service partners and City officers, as well as four groups of work composed of inhabitants.

The City aimed at mobilising various actors on the basis of the public knowledge of discrimination. The diagnosis was designed to help identify local issues, especially the existing obstacles and discrimination produced by the various institutional and societal processes. These observations would therefore be used as the foundation for the definition of a strategy of concerted intervention. This project was funded by the Agency for Social Cohesion and Equality. Its implementation was entrusted to an external provider, assisted by the services of the town hall.

City Information
Aubervilliers is a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris. It has a population of 74,220 inhabitants.

Aubervilliers has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since 28 October 2009.

For more information, please visit: www.aubervilliers.fr (website in French)

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