The integration of new immigrants and migrants who have been living in Europe for some time is one of the major issues for many governments in the European Union. How can newcomers be supported in settling in and communities in integrating them? Over a period of two years, a working group has developed hands-on approaches for a future-oriented integration policy that provide answers to these questions.
Immigration will remain at a high level. How can newcomers be supported in settling in and communities in integrating them?
European societies will continue to face major changes in the years to come: Immigration will remain at a high level or even increase further, disputes between political camps are on the rise, and digitalization is drastically changing the labor markets. To foster sustainable integration and social participation of new immigrants despite these developments, countries need future-oriented integration policies. For more than two years, decision-makers from all around Europe have exchanged views, discussed, and asked questions about what integration policy can and must look like in the future and how other policy areas can be considered. The Integration Futures Working Group was brought together by the Migration Policy Institute Europe with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Specific ideas to master new challenges
The aim of the working group was to develop new approaches to integration policy in Europe and create a platform for a long-term strategic exchange. The results are a large number of action-oriented studies which propose ten ideas for the integration of new immigrants. Specific approaches include supporting workers in dealing constructively with changes in the labor market, revising the education system to suit the citizens of tomorrow, using new technologies to reduce the education gap, and boosting everybody’s skills to live in super-diverse societies.
Read more about how these approaches and ideas can be put into practice in the individual studies.