Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Migration & Integration in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed nine policy recommendations divided into three main clusters.
As migration and integration have become a concern for all of Europe, it has shaken the cohesion of the EU and its member states to the core. It is indispensable to create a genuinely European approach. Only in this way is it possible to efficiently tackle the challenges which tremendous migration fluxes pose.
How can integration policy be designed in a gender and culturally sensitive way? What role do citizenship rights play for persons with an immigration background? How can Europe’s borders be shaped to be both open and secure? These and other questions were taken up by the “Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration”, which brought together civil society actors from six European countries within the framework of the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project. Their policy brief illustrates their ideas and suggestions for migration, asylum and integration policy in Europe.
Overview of the Policy Brief
The Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration divided their work into three clusters: Integration Policy; Human Rights, Asylum & Citizenship and Managing Migration flows. One major outcome is the concept of ‘resilient’ borders aiming at reconciling a values- and security-based approach with regards to border management.
Policy Recommendations of the Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration:
- Install a European asylum governance system on a two-fold procedure
- Revise the EU border management system
- Open up legal avenues for migration
- Improve dialogue relations – inside and outside the EU
- Harmonise legislation and standards across the EU
- Create an EU agency enforcing and supervising migration regulations and human rights standards
- Grant full citizenship rights to descendants of migrants
- Raise awareness about the importance of cultural and gender factors for integration
- Strengthen support for economic and social inclusion at the local level.
Background: The DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Project
The European Union has been affected by a multi-dimensional crisis for almost a decade. This period has shown that the traditional political responses of international summitry have reached the limits of their impact. The current and upcoming challenges faced by the European project can only be confronted through a strong and connected civil society across the continent.
The trans-European project DIALOGUE ON EUROPE, an initiative by Das Progressive Zentrum supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, took up this idea by bringing together young dedicated civil society actors from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain to start a transnational dialogue about Europe’s most pressing challenges.
In four so-called Thinking Labs, young thinkers developed policy recommendations over the course of two and a half years for four main policy fields: Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Growth.
The results of this exchange can be found in four policy briefs that aim at stimulating and enriching the debate on the future agenda of the European Union.