"We will make sure that people who have the right to stay are integrated and made to feel welcome. They have a future to build – and skills, energy and talent" - President von der Leyen, State of the Union Address 2020
This workshop aims to take stock of lessons learnt from inspiring migrant integration reforms across the European Union (EU) during the past decade. The Syrian refugee wave, the COVID-19 pandemic and the forced displacement of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine have highlighted the vital contribution and importance of migrant integration at regional and local levels and triggered a vast array of initiatives, as well as long-lasting structural reforms.
Successful integration reforms are rooted in the actions of EU regions, cities and municipalities. Here, coordination with central authorities is crucial. It benefits the sustainability of the reforms on the ground and enables upscaling success stories; be it around education, employment, health or housing. This workshop will be an opportunity to nurture the debate and reflect on several open questions: