Tagged: advocacy on integration policy

26/27th November 2013,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

10th European Integration Forum - Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards an inclusive citizenship

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

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In the context of the European Year on Citizenship, the Forum discussed the 'Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards an inclusive citizenship'. PIE was represented by Tarafa Baghajati (Adviser to the PIE board). He joined in the call for common EU rules on easier access to national citizenship. Even though rule-making on citizenship is likely to remain the prerogative of the Member States, EU fora such as the EIF must be used to raise awareness for the importance of access to citizenship after five years of residency. Furthermore, Tarafa drew attention to the importance of giving migrants who participate in party politics fair electoral chances through good positions on candidate lists. He also highlighted the connection between migrants’ cultural participation and their inclusion in the democratic process. “Migrants must be seen for their contribution to culture and not just for their contribution as cleaners”, Tarafa remarked.

The programme included plenary debates with high representatives of the European institutions and academic experts, as well as parallel roundtables, with different subjects related to the main theme. A roundtable on the future development of Home Affairs policies after the Stockholm Programme (2014-2020) was also held. See Commission Communication 'A new European Agenda for Home Affairs'

4/5 June 2013,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

9th European Integration Forum - The Integration of migrant youth in the EU

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

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The EU’s 2010 Youth Strategy and the 2012 Council conclusion on the participation and social inclusion of young people kicked off policy reflection on the integration of ‘migrant youth’. The 9th meeting of national and European NGO representatives in the European Integration Forum had the purpose of further feeding this reflection in view of the approaching end of the EU’s Stockholm programme (2010-14 common guidelines for justice and home affairs policies, including on integration).

16/17 October 2012,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

8th European Integration Forum - The contribution of migrants to EU growth

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

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The 8th meeting of this consultative civil society platform took place against a backdrop of EU strategizing for “a job-rich recovery” from the economic crisis since 2008. The EU belief in economic growth remains sacrosanct and the Forum’s task was to explore how migration fits this agenda. While the EU faces a deepening shortage of highly skilled workers in certain sectors, there is no end in sight for high levels of unemployment of low-skilled people. How migrants can match labour market needs, was therefore one question for debate; how obstacles to the labour market integration of migrants can be overcome the other. A special focus was on migrant entrepreneurs. 57 representatives from national civil society organizations and 29 representatives from European civil society organizations joined Commission officials, members of the European Economic and Social Committee as well as some members of the European Parliament for debate.

31 May/1 June 2012,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

7th European Integration Forum - The right to family reunification of Third Country Nationals living in the EU

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoThe 7th meeting of this European platform on migrant integration for representatives of civil society took the form of a public hearing on the right to family reunification of Third Country Nationals living in the EU. The outcome of the public consultation on family reunification held from November 2011 until March 2012 was discussed. At stake is a revision of the common rules, which the EU has had since 2003 (and already reviewed in 2008) on the conditions under which family members of a non-EU citizen, legally resident in a Member State, are allowed to enter and reside in the EU.

9/10th November 2011,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

6th European Integration Forum - The involvement of countries of origin in the integration process

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logo The topic of this EU civil society consultative forum was based on one of three chapters of the European Agenda for Integration of Third-Country Nationals adopted on 20 July 2011. Three subjects were treated in parallel roundtables: Pre-departure measures in support of integration; Integration in the light of circular migration and development; and Relationships between diaspora communities and countries of origin. Platform Steering Group member Tarafa Baghajati was rapporteur for the latter. He responded critically to the emerging focus on migrants as ‘transnational entrepreneurs’ – as ‘assets for growth here and there’. The primary aim of public policy in receiving countries must remain to respect migrants’ rights and include them through education and culture in economic and social life.

23/25th May 2011,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

5th European Integration Forum - Integration Through Local Action

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoThe 5th European Integration Forum (EIF) - a gathering of civil society organisation in support of EU integration policy-making - covered the issues of diversity management, political participation, disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and EU support at regional and local levels.

6/7th December 2010,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

4th European Integration Forum - Anti-discrimination, social inclusion and the integration modules

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoThe “two-way integration process” enshrined in the EU’s Common Basic Principles of Integration was at the heart of this consultative civil society meeting. Key questions discussed were: How can national policies be improved through the consultation of immigrants? Which integration tools should be prioritised to enhance commitment by the 'host society'?

24/25th June 2010,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

3rd European Integration Forum - Migrants and the Media

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoThe third meeting of the EU Integration Forum focused on the relationship between migrants and the media. The Forum allowed for consultative input of civil society to EU policy-making on the integration of immigrants. Both the challenges of training media professionals to communicate about migrants and of training migrants to communicate in the media were subject of discussion.

12/13th November 2009,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

2nd European Integration Forum - Intercultural Dialogue a side kick, but a kick nonetheless

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoFrom our roots in the arts and culture we branch out into other policy domains. The Platform for Intercultural Europe took part as a member in the second EU Integration Forum on 12/13th November 2009, hosted by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social committee.

20th April 2009,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

1st European Integration Forum & Website

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoThe European Integration Forum is intended to give representatives of civil society a voice on EU integration issues. It is an instrument to improve EU cooperation on integration policy, which was proposed by the European Commission in its 2005 communication on creating a “Framework for the Integration of Third-Country National in the EU”.

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