Migrants are a crucial component of the EU social and economic workforce. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the reliance on formal and even informal working practices.

Many of those making it possible for all of us to get through the crisis are immigrants. Health and care assistants, supermarket staff, agricultural workers and many more were born outside the EU.

These essential workers will also be part of the recovery phase. Post-crisis, their contribution to the rebuilding of our economy will also strengthen the cohesion of our communities.  

Social and economic partners will be key partners for the Commission in this endeavour.

Therefore, we will renew the partnership the Commission has built with social and economic partners in the field of integration of refugees.

We will make it an instrument for dialogue and joint actions, and develop our efforts in the recovery phase to attract economic migrants in line with Europe’s changing needs.

The Commission stands ready to support the partners in their efforts and we will be discussing the form of our reinforced cooperation in the coming weeks.

We have a long road ahead but we will eventually move beyond crisis. It is essential that we match European recovery needs on the labour market with the skills and talents from abroad and foster successful integration policies. These will be some of the key objectives of the upcoming Pact on migration and asylum.

Only together can we achieve a recovery that builds on the skills and potential of migrants while taking their needs fully into account.