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• The Migration Policy Institute and Integration Futures Working Group came up with 10 promising ideas to make integration policy in Europe stronger.
• What are the most prominent challenges from a policy standpoint for integration?
• Read more about Europe's greatest challenge: integrating Syrian refugees.
European societies are facing an unprecedented set of challenges—from aging populations, rapidly changing labor markets, and political polarization, to immigration and a diversification of communities large and small.
These intersecting dynamics and social pressures have been felt particularly keenly in areas experiencing a sluggish recovery from the economic crisis that began in 2007 and those that have only recently begun to adapt public services to serve increasingly diverse populations.
Instead of thinking about integration as a fixed end point that can be accomplished, they argue, it may be more helpful to treat it as a skill for all members of a society to strengthen on an ongoing basis—the capacity to live amidst diversity and weather change.
This report highlights the most promising ideas explored as part of the Migration Policy Institute Europe’s multiyear Integration Futures Working Group. Among them are suggestions for helping all workers navigate changing labor markets, adapting public services and education systems to diversity of all kinds, and building partnerships with new stakeholders—from tech start-ups to volunteer organizations.
Read the full report about revamping integration policy by Meghan Benton and Aliyyah Ahad at Migration Policy Institute
In this shifting landscape, the common view of immigrant integration as a linear process through which migrants and host societies adjust to one another may seem somewhat simplistic.