This event takes place as part of the European Development Days and will begin in room D4 at 15.15 at Tours and Taxis (Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels).
Register to the event directly via the eudevdays.eu website. Deadline for registrations is 27 May.
This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of important development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola and Eni to the forum. The DPF contributes to the global and European conversation on inclusive development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage a multi-stakeholdered, fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.
- “It’s time for a feminist approach to migration” by Amanda Rohde
- Friends of Europe discussion paper “Real people, true stories: refugees for more inclusive societies”
- Friends of Europe event report “It’s broke, let’s fix it: rethinking migration management”
The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank. Reflecting the growing role of the private sector in development, the DPF has now welcomed Coca-Cola to the forum.
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.
Start of the European Development Days
15.15 – 16.30
Refugee integration through inclusion: a whole-of-society approach to fighting cultural divisions
Refugees must have easy access to skills training, education, affordable housing and jobs as they settle into their new homes away from home. Experience has shown that those designing such services must take an inclusive and whole-of-society approach so that all community members are treated equally. Programmes targeting refugees alone can instil a feeling of exclusion among established local community members with similar needs who may feel they are being neglected. This can deepen divides and make people more vulnerable to the toxic “us and them” rhetoric espoused by populist politicians and those who fear the arrival of foreigners in their towns and cities. Such “privileges” can also be an unwelcome reminder to new arrivals of how they differ from their neighbours and inspire a feeling of “victimhood” which hinders integration.
- How is it possible to properly address both refugees’ and local communities’ specific needs without discriminating between the two?
- What should be done to implement a whole-of-society approach in designing services for refugees?
- What steps should be taken to address discrimination, combat the feeling of ‘other-ness’ and ultimately foster inclusive and sustainable integration?
Shaza Al Rihawi, Founding Member of Network for Refugee Voices
Jenny Hornisch, Team Leader of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)’s Qudra Programme, Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Yasmine Ouirhrane, Young European of the Year and EDD Young Leader
Rozina Spinnoy, Founder of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Belgium
Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe
End of debate
Register to the event directly via the website. Deadline for registrations is 27 May.
Amanda Rohde, Programme Manager
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 11