Government and private sector cooperation

16 May 2018 - 19:30 - 16 May 2018 - 22:00

There is an urgent need for realistic and comprehensive policies on migration and integration that address both challenges and opportunities. Short-term, deterrence-based solutions are clearly not the answer. Human mobility is a part of our history and people will continue to move across the globe for a variety of reasons. Migration is not a “crisis” and must be recognised as such by policymakers across the world but also by the private sector and civil society organisations. Silo approaches to tackling the challenge have proved to be unsuccessful. That is why the public and private sectors need to work together and combine their strengths and experiences. 

Our by-invitation-only dinner debate is part of Friends of Europe’s Migration Action programme, which aims to examine the imperative of migration in the context of economic sustainability and demographics, as well as its impact on public services, communities and security. This occasion will bring government officials together with private sector representatives to identify areas of cooperation, current gaps and good practices. The discussion may also serve to inform the production of a subsequent publication.

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BOOSTING MIGRANT & REFUGEE INTEGRATION - Government and private sector cooperation

Poor management of migration at the local level leads to weaker integration and feeds into unrest and discontent among both host societies and newcomer communities. Many local governments have grasped the challenge and are demonstrating the link between integration and economic and social development. Crucially, the private sector is playing an important role in boosting integration efforts across Europe and beyond. From providing vocational and language training, to creating platforms linking qualified migrants and refugees to jobs and opportunities, they are playing an ever greater role in integrating newcomers. How can local governments and the private sector come together and pool their expertise to better address the challenges associated with integration? How can private sector technologies provide support to governments and at the same time allow refugees and migrants greater access to local opportunities and administration?

  • What innovative solutions have governments and private sector actors enacted to improve integration?
  • What benefits has the successful integration of migrants and refugees brought to host communities?

Kick-starters and participants include:
Elizabeth Collett, Director of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe
Maurice Crul, Professor of Sociology at the Free University of Amsterdam
Neena Gill, Member of European Parliament
Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
Julie Pascoët, Senior Advocacy Officer at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director of Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

Amanda Rohde, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 11

This event is by invitation only.
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