The Future of Refugee Policy

The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) presented its Annual Report 2017. The report shows new approaches for the integration of refugees into the labor market and society and outlines proposals for further development of EU refugee policy.

Robert Bosch Stiftung | April 2017
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Photo: Michael Setzpfandt

The Expert Council (from left): Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel, Prof. Dr. Daniel Thym, Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi, Prof. Dr. Christian Joppke, Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer (Chairman), Prof. Dr. Gianni D’Amato, Prof. Dr. Hacı Halil Uslucan (Deputy), Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos, Prof. Dr. Claudia Diehl.

In its 2017 Annual Report, the Expert Council outlines proposals for further development of EU refugee policy that aim to redistribute responsibilities within the EU. One core element for the fair distribution of refugees are EU-wide rights of free movement that refugees could be granted under certain conditions. This year’s report also deals with possibilities and limits in the cooperation with transit countries and countries of initial reception, including the EU-Turkey Statement.

In a second part, the SVR analyses the new regulations to integrate refugees in Germany, mainly in the areas of housing, education, and the labor market as well the communication of values. The SVR describes the need for action that still exists for policymakers and presents concrete recommendations.