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• The European Union is addressing the influx of immigrants by establishing a toolkit for integration that incorporates innovative ideas to redesign public services.
• What are the challenges of implementing new integration plans? What is the role of the private sector in Europe to help with implementation?
• Read about how to change the narrative of migration.
Hardening attitudes toward immigration, reflected in rising support for anti-immigrant populist parties, have also constrained political and public support for investments in initiatives that benefit newcomers.
This report draws on insights shared by policymakers during an MPI Europe roundtable on the future of integration governance. After taking stock of the current approach to integration policy employed by many European countries, it highlights promising tools, processes, and strategies from other policy areas that could help integration policymakers craft effective interventions.
Among these new tools are innovative financing models such as social impact bonds that can be used to fund less popular programs, strategies for redesigning public services to meet the needs of diverse user populations (immigrant and native born alike), and foresight methods that can help policymakers plan for challenges around the corner.
And because integration cuts across policy areas—from education and labor to housing and welfare—building the skills to manage complex, multilayered partnerships between actors across government, and from the private sector and civil society, is a must.
Read the full PDF about a new toolkit for integration by Meghan Benton and Alexandra Embiricos at The Migration Policy Institute
Against this backdrop, integration policymakers are searching for new tools to help ensure that immigrants are able to enter European labor markets and build ties in their new societies.