Emanuela CAVALERI recalled the evidence of pluralism in a world that has more than 600 different languages, over 500 cultural groups and countless religions practiced in almost 200 sovereign states. By definition, therefore, diversity is an essential characteristic of human societies.
Europe continues elsewhere in the fabric by the sediments of intra-continental migrations, the redrawing of borders, colonialism and multinational empires. In recent decades, cultural diversification has accelerated:
On the one hand Europe has attracted migrants and asylum seekers from all over the world in search of a better life on the other hand, globalization has compressed space and time on an unprecedented scale. The revolutions in the telecom and media, particularly following the emergence of new services such as the Internet, have made national cultural systems increasingly permeable.
If we want our efforts fit productively in this context so special, our NGOs most involved in the promotion of intercultural dialogue should reflect more deeply on certain elements of it and take them into consideration.