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Anja Van den Durpel is Head of Integration Services at the City of Ghent, tasked with helping integration and soothing community tensions in the diverse Belgian city. Here's how she does it.

Anja Van den Durpel
18 November 2016
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Anja Van den Durpel is Head of Integration Services at the City of Ghent in Belgium. At the World Forum for Democracy 2016, she spoke to us about her philosophy of integration, and how simply getting different ethnic groups in Belgium to talk to one another can help assuage tensions and improve relations between communities.

openDemocracy is at this year's World Forum for Democracy, exploring the relationship between education and democracy with a youth newsroom. More here.

Peter Geoghegan: dark money and dirty politics

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