The International Centre for Integration and Cohesion exists to improve social cohesion and integration in Britain.

Our mission is to bring communities together in promotion of tolerance, unity and shared values.

Initially established by British Iraqis in West London, our reach has since broadened to include any groups seeking to promote integration.

We work with a number of different communities in the UK as well as internationally.

All of our projects are designed around our three core objectives:

News

Supporting Afghan Refugees in the UK

The UK has accepted a few thousand refugees from Afghanistan following the rise to power of the Taliban. The majority of these refugees have been brought to the UK out of fear for their lives in Afghanistan, largely due to their cooperation with British personnel. A smaller number were airlifted haphazardly.

These refugees now face numerous immediate challenges regarding housing, employment, integration and mental health. ICIC organised a conference on Thursday 9th September bringing together experts to discuss ways in which these urgent problems can be tackled with the collaboration of a common and multilateral initiative.

Speakers included:

Lisa Doyle, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Refugee Council, gives a comprehensive overview of the main issues being faced by people who have fled Afghanistan and arrived in the UK; usefully placing these challenges within the context of the broader asylum and immigration system. (Please view Lisa's contribution via this link)

Fahima Zaheen, Executive Director at Afghan Association Paiwand, talks about the difficulties in achieving integration for those that have arrived from Afghanistan and those that have fled conflict more generally. Her talk focuses on mental health challenges amongst communities that have escape violent and traumatic situations and the need for those working towards integration to build a common vision and structure. (Please view Fahima's contribution via this link)

Jolande Mace, Strategic Cohesion and Migration Manager for Middlesbrough Borough Council, talks about many of the specific and local challenges Middlesbrough Council and faced and responded to in welcoming and integrating new Afghan arrivals into their community. (Please click here to view Jolande's contribution)

Moez Nathu, CEO for The Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA), talks about his life as a refugee, his work with PARCA and the lessons he has learned working on both the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme and now the Afghan Resettlement Scheme. (Please click here to view Moez's contribution)

Online Conference

20 September 2021

Turn to Love Presents at Millenifest

Millenifest 

ICIC is proud to have volunteered alongside @Turn_To_Love, to deliver a workshop at this year’s MILLENIFEST! Our team held a hands-on skills masterclass on “How to get your message out to a global audience”, educating young people to coordinate an effective campaign and the best way they can get their message out to a wider audience.  Big thanks to all the volunteers who keep TTL a successful campaign seeking to unite people together.

We would like to thank @commonvisionUK for hosting us, and we wish all the best to the participants!

7 September 2019

Civic and Democracy Leadership Programme

Preparations for the Civic and Democracy Leadership Programme 2020 are already underway!

ICIC met with Tali Haplin this week, a Senior Policy Advisor from MHCLG to explore the different ways we could improve learning outcomes for participants for the Civic and Democracy Leadership Programme. Tali was a guest speaker for the CDLP 2019 and spoke to us about her policy work in Faith and Integration.  

If you would like to find out more information about the programme and how to register please contact [email protected]

Civic and Democracy Leadership Programme

 

29 August 2019

Personal Development Programme

Personal Development Programme

As part of our outreach programme, ICIC delivered its Personal Development Programme in Rotterdam in The Netherlands! Our programme empowers local communities by introducing individuals to concepts such as ‘Active Listening' , so they can improve upon their leadership capabilities and emotional intelligence. Through promoting the personal development of individuals, our communities will undoubtedly become stronger for all.
If you would like to find out more about the work we do, and how you could enrol onto one of our courses, please contact [email protected]

 

PDP Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Holland

18 August 2019

Vigil held in honour of victims of New Zealand attacks

Today members of the Turn To Love volunteers co-hosted a vigil in remembrance of the Terrorist attacks that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.

"We stand here in solidarity with the innocent victims of Christchurch.  We are sending a message of love in these hard times to the people of New Zealand and we say that your brothers in humanity are with you.  We stand against all forms of terror and against all those who espouse hatred and division within our communities.  London has turned out today to say it loud and clear you will not succeed"

 

Turntolove - New Zealand

15 March 2019

Meeting The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and discussing CVE research at City Hall

ICIC were invited to City Hall and join other London community representatives to discuss initial findings of MOPAC’s Countering Violent Extremism Programme, which the Mayor called for in 2018.  

 

In Partnership with MOPAC

 

29 January 2019

Mayor of London’s Countering Violent Extremism Programme (CVE)

In partnership with Faiths Forum for London (FFL), ICIC will deliver an important field research commissioned by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) which will seek to understand the perception on current strategies on CVE and how to improve them

The research programme seeks to deliver tailored focus groups aimed primarily at young Londoners, aged 13-26.

 

Click here to read more about the programme. 

30 November 2018

Personal Development Programme, East London

The MINAB is launching a Next Generation Programme in  East London – to build a “stronger community network”- to enhance social action in local communities by supporting mosques and imams to strengthen social integration and community programmes.

We are recruiting 20 young leaders aged 18-30 years old from across East London to join the Building Stronger Communities Challenge – Increasing the involvement of young leaders in mosques and community programmes through personal development.

Click here to read more about the event.

17 November 2018

Understanding Contemporary far-right movements in collaboration with Institute for Strategic Dialogue

On 27th September, as part of our ongoing efforts to building more resilient communities, ICIC held a workshop which was delivered by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD) entitled ‘The Contemporary far-right; Trends, Tactics and Key Players’. The workshop was designed to inform ICIC and its partners of the current issues and trends in regards to far-right movements. 

Click here to read more about the event.

27 September 2018

Civic and Democracy Leadership Programme

As part of our Encouraging Resilience programme, ICIC in collaboration with Faiths Forum for London (FFL) delivered a 5 Day bespoke programme to encourage young leaders to participate and engage with democracy, which ran between 2nd - 6th July 2018. 

Click here to read more about this programme.

2 July 2018

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On 27th September, as part of our ongoing efforts to building more resilient communities, ICIC held a workshop which was delivered by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD) entitled ‘The Contemporary far-right; Trends, Tactics and Key Players’.

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