This event is part of the Migration Action programme, through which Friends of Europe examines the imperative of immigration in the context of economic sustainability and demographics, as well as its impact on public services, communities and security. Migration Action aims to bring together actors from a range of groups for comprehensive and balanced discussions, with the aim of developing coherent policy recommendations for national governments, European institutions and international organisations.
Two recent reports from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) provide the context for this debate on how migration and integration will feature across the globe and in Europe, as well as the opportunities and benefits that can be achieved if integration is managed effectively by public administrations. Published in December 2016, People on the move: Global migration’s impact and opportunity, highlights the importance of understanding the patterns of global migration and, for the first time, the economic impact that is created when people move across the world’s borders and the cost of poor integration to the world economy. Europe’s new refugees: A road map for better integration outcomes, examines the challenges and opportunities posed to individual countries by refugees, the 10 percent of the migrant population who have fled to another country to escape conflict and persecution.
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17.30 – 18.00 Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 – 19.15 Policy insight “Migration & Integration – a cost benefit analysis”
European governments are still struggling to manage the unprecedented number of asylum seekers who have arrived on their shores. While the 2.3 million new refugees represent only about 0.45 percent of the total population of the European Union (EU), the influx has unleashed a heated political debate. Exacerbated by a year of key elections in Europe and rising right-wing populist sentiments, the EU’s ability and willingness to absorb the newcomers has been put to the test. Integrating the refugees into the European labour market and society is crucial, however. Failure to do so carries significant risks of creating an isolated and dependent population over the long term and fracturing societal cohesion. For countries that get this right, on the other hand, there is real economic upside potential. Indeed, while migrants make up only 3.4 percent of the global population, they contribute approximately 10 percent of global GDP.
- What is the role of the European Union in promoting the integration of refugees?
- How will the outcomes of elections in key member states affect the way Europe accepts and integrates migrants?
- Are there successful examples of integration which can be shared and replicated?
- How are cities and businesses dealing with the challenge of integration?
19.15 End of debate
Jacques Bughin / Director at the McKinsey Global Institute and co-author of the reports
Followed by a panel debate with
Jürgen Siebel / Head of Portfolio and International Business at Siemens Professional Education
Belinda Pyke / Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation at the European Commission Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs
Kajsa Ollongren / Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam
Paul Mbikayi / Director of the Refugee Talent Hub
Yara Al-Adib / Founder of “From Syria With Love”
Dharmendra Kanani / Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe
For further reading see the McKinsey Global Institute’s report, Europe’s new refugees: A road map for better integration outcomes, and the latest Europe’s World articles on migration and integration.