|Ionut Sasu, Policy Officer, European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion|
|Ms. Anna Ludwinek, Research Officer, Living Conditions and Quality of Life Unit, Eurofound|
|Dr. Emma Carmel, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath|
|Korrie Louwes, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam|
|Prof. Dr. Rinus Penninx, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam|
Christina Baglai, Programme Officer Intercultural Cities Programme Directorate of Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity Directorate General of Democracy (DGII)
Most EU Member States have experienced increased migration over the last decade with migration from third countries representing approximately 4% of the total EU population (20.1 million citizens). Furthermore, there are European cities and regions with over 20% of immigrants and 40% of persons with a migration background.
The Europe 2020 Strategy and the Stockholm Programme recognise the potential of migration and more effective integration of legal migrants for building a competitive and sustainable economy. Currently, there are wide socio-economic disparities between third-country nationals and EU citizens with immigrants experiencing higher rates of unemployment, over-qualification, low economic achievement, low income and poor health. Much work still needs to be done in order to address these inequalities and as such, there are calls for policies to be directed towards integrating migrants into European society and to combat discrimination that limits their potential.
Employment has a vital role in integrating migrants into society, yet despite the economic crisis many member states are still experiencing labour shortages. Furthermore, of the migrants who are employed, many are in jobs for which they are over-qualified due to the foreign educational credentials and work experience not being recognised.
The renewed European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (2011) outlines how to understand and better support integration. It is necessary to implement a variety of approaches, depending on the differing challenges faced by migrants. The Agenda places an emphasis on migrants’ full participation in society, highlights the key role of local authorities and the involvement of countries of origin to help the integration process.
This timely international symposium provides a vital platform for key stakeholders to disseminate knowledge on the most sustainable and successful integration strategies, which involve both migrants and the host societies at a multi-sector level. Due to the current state of the European economy and potential influx of migrants following the Arab Spring, the need to discuss current integration strategies is essential. The Symposium will discuss the complexities and comparative experiences from within the diverse regions of Europe.
Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.
|09:15||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Emma Carmel, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath (confirmed)
Establishing Comprehensive and Holistic European Standards for Integration of Migrants
Ionut Sasu, Policy Officer, European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (confirmed)
|10:35||First Round of Discussions|
|11:05||Morning Coffee Break|
Developing a Two-Way Process: Promoting Integration at the Local Level
Ms. Anna Ludwinek, Research Officer, Living Conditions and Quality of Life Unit, Eurofound (confirmed)
Korrie Louwes, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam (confirmed)
Prof. Dr. Rinus Penninx, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam (confirmed)
|12:10||Second Round of Discussions|
Employment: The Key to Integrating Migrants into Society
Dr. Emma Carmel Senior Lecturer, University of Bath (confirmed)
Mr. Allan Leas Acting Secretary General, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (tbc)
|14:05||Third Round of Discussions|
Promoting Better Integration: Tackling Misconceptions and Discrimination towards Immigrants
Christina Baglai, Programme Officer Intercultural Cities Programme Directorate of Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity Directorate General of Democracy (DGII) (confirmed)
|15:15||Fourth Round of Discussions|
|15:45||Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks|
|16:00||Networking Reception and Refreshments|