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European Commission adopts 'European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals'

Date Published: 20-07-2011

The 'European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals' identifies integration as a way of realising the potential of migration and argues that the diversity brought by migrants can be a competitive advantage and a source of dynamism for the European economies. The new Agenda will develop new ways and tools to support integration policies and practices in EU Member States, including through better coordination and knowledge exchange at European level. Ensuring that migrants enjoy the same rights and have the same responsibilities as EU citizens is at the core of the integration process.

At the same time, the main conclusions of the first ever Eurobarometer on Integration were also published. The research employed a qualitative approach involving a number of discussion groups and in each Member State. Research was also conducted with third-country nationals in 14 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Findings included the following:
  • The top four most important factors that facilitate integration are perceived to be, among EU citizens: speaking the language; having a job; respecting local cultures; and enjoying legal status. The same factors are identified by migrants, but in a slightly different order: speaking the language; enjoying legal status; having a job and respecting local cultures
  • EU citizens and third-country nationals agree on the importance of interaction at work and in schools and on the positive contribution of migrants to the local culture
  • There is a fear in some Member States that migrants are taking employment opportunities from the local population, while many see that there is a role for migrants doing the jobs that local people do not want to do
  • There was considerable confusion and a lack of understanding of the distinction between regular and irregular migrants
For more information:

European Commission Press Release on European Agenda for the Integration of Migrants

European Commission DG Home Affairs News on Integration of Migrants: no talents to waste

Frequently asked questions on European Agenda for the Integration of Migrants

More information on the Eurobarometer survey

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