Breaking New Ground: Ten Ideas to Revamp Integration Policy in Europe
European societies are facing an unprecedented set of challenges—from aging populations, rapidly changing labor markets, and political polarization, to immigration and a diversification of communities large and small. These intersecting dynamics and social pressures have been felt particularly keenly in areas experiencing a sluggish recovery from the economic crisis that began in 2007 and those that have only recently begun to adapt public services to serve increasingly diverse populations.
Working toward this more ambitious, whole-of-society view of integration, policymakers will need a new set of tools and approaches. This report highlights the most promising ideas explored as part of the Migration Policy Institute Europe’s multiyear Integration Futures Working Group. Among them are suggestions for helping all workers navigate changing labor markets, adapting public services and education systems to diversity of all kinds, and building partnerships with new stakeholders—from tech start-ups to volunteer organizations.