Migration is a global phenomenon which needs to be tackled on the international level but also by national governments, local authorities and an empowered civil society. In Europe, while the focus tends to be on migration and the political tensions it continues to provoke, governments are also responding to the longer term challenge of integrating migrants and refugees in order to build more inclusive and resilient societies.
Friends of Europe is contributing to the discussion with its sustained work – including publications, roundtables and conferences – on migration and integration. We engage with all relevant stakeholders, including EU institutions and national governments but also refugee and migrant groups, European civil society representatives as well as business leaders and local authorities. We believe that refugees and migrants must have the opportunity to play an active role in designing their own paths to integration and inclusion.
Through our work, we want to spotlight that well-managed migration is an asset for Europe. As such, all those who believe in an open and multicultural Europe must work harder to change the current negative narrative on migration through facts and figures but also a stronger emotional story on the many benefits of inclusion. It is also important to have more realistic and comprehensive policies that address both the challenges and opportunities posed by migration and integration.