July 24, 2011
Commission strongly backs local role in integration of migrants
On 20 July the European Commission adopted a 'European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals', intended as a contribution to the debate on how to understand and better support integration in European countries.
The Agenda puts the emphasis on migrants' full participation in all aspects of collective life - principally employment, education, better social inclusion, and active citizenship - and highlights the importance of close cooperation between national governments, responsible for integration policies, and local or regional authorities and non-state actors, who are responsible for a wide range of services and activities and are implementing integration measures on the ground.
According to this paper, future integration policies should be formulated and implemented with the active involvement of local authorities who would then roll-out specifically designed strategies. It goes on to propose that the next version of the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals should focus primarily on promoting integration in a bottom-up and more targeted manner at local level. The Commission is also developing a set of adaptable coordination and knowledgeexchange tools to support Member State policies and practices.
Posted by iroronan at July 24, 2011 01:36 PM
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