Migration and Home Affairs

The Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals

Action Plan on the Integration of Third-Country Nationals

The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals on 7 June 2016. The Action Plan provides a comprehensive framework to support Member States' efforts in developing and strengthening their integration policies, and describes the concrete measures the Commission will implement in this regard. While it targets all third-country nationals in the EU, it contains actions to address the specific challenges faced by refugees.      

The Plan includes actions across all the policy areas that are crucial for integration:

  • Pre-departure and pre-arrival measures, including actions to prepare migrants and the local communities for the integration process
  • Education, including actions to promote language training, participation of migrant children to Early Childhood Education and Care, teacher training and civic education
  • Employment and vocational training, including actions to promote early integration into the labour market and migrants entrepreneurship
  • Access to basic services such as housing and healthcare
  • Active participation and social inclusion, including actions to support exchanges with the receiving society, migrants' participation to cultural life and fighting discrimination

It also presents tools to strengthen coordination between the different actors working on integration at national, regional and local level - for example through the European Integration Network promoting mutual learning between Member States - and a more strategic approach on EU funding for integration.

For more information, please consult the factsheet on the Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals.

For more information on the state of play of the implementation of the Action Plan please consult the European Website on Integration's page on Implementation of the 2016-2017 Integration Action Plan.