The European Migration Forum
A platform for dialogue on migration
In 2015, the European Migration Forum replaced the European Integration Forum. The European Integration Forum had been launched in 2009 by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee. Since, the Forum has met twice a year and discussed different subjects focusing on migrant integration.
Please see the next section for more information on the Integration Forum and below for related documents.
As of 2015, it was decided to extend the scope of the Forum to cover more topics related to immigration and asylum that would benefit from a discussion with civil society.
The first meeting of the new European Migration Forum took place on 26-27 January 2015, and asked for contribution of the civil society to address the migratory flows in the Mediterranean, from the situation of migrants in the countries of origin and transit before departure, to their journey and their reception once arrived to the EU. During 2014, the number of migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels and risked their lives to reach Europe, very often seeking international protection, significantly increased, while the conditions of travel have worsened. Migrants face severe violation of human rights by the criminals who organize the journeys, and sometimes death. The magnitude of the phenomenon requires new resources and solutions to ensure an appropriate management of these migratory flows, responding fully to the humanitarian emergencies while maintaining fair and effective migration and asylum systems.
The European Integration Forum : a platform for dialogue on migrant integration
In 2015, the European Migration Forum replaced the European Integration Forum.
The European Integration Forum provided an opportunity for civil society organisations to express their views on migrant integration issues and to discuss with the European institutions challenges and priorities. In the Communication 'A Common Agenda for Integration: Framework for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the European Union' of September 2005, the European Commission affirmed that a comprehensive approach, involving stakeholders at all levels, was essential for the success of integration policies. The European Integration Forum, as a physical platform for dialogue, and the European Web Site on Integration, as a virtual platform, were created to meet this objective.
The development of the European Integration Forum was undertaken in co-operation with the European Economic and Social Committee, which drew up an exploratory opinion on the role of civil society in promoting integration policies. The Common Basic Principles on Integration, agreed by the Council in 2004, served as reference for the activities of the Forum.
The European Integration Forum was financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country nationals, under Community Actions.