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What is the story behind the European Commission launching the European Web Site on Integration?

In October 1999 at the European Council meeting in Tampere (Finland), the leaders of the European Union (EU) called for a common immigration policy which would include more dynamic policies to ensure the integration of third-country nationals residing in the European Union. The leaders agreed that the aim of this integration policy should be to grant third-country nationals rights and obligations comparable to those of citizens of the EU. The European Union is keen to promote economic and social cohesion throughout its territory. As such, integrating third-country nationals has become a focal point of the European Union's immigration policy.

The integration of third-country nationals legally residing in the Member States of the European Union has gained increasing importance on the European agenda in recent years. Following the request of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in 2002 to establish National Contact Points on Integration, the European Council of June 2003 confirmed their mandate and invited the Commission to present Annual Reports on Migration and Integration.

The Hague Programme on strengthening freedom, security and justice in the European Union (, adopted by the European Council in November 2004, called explicitly for the development of a widely accessible Internet Website on integration. As well, the Groningen Ministerial Conference on Integration of 9-11 November 2004 invited the Commission, in close cooperation with the National Contact Points on Integration, to establish a public private partnership to create and maintain an integration Website.

On 1 September 2005 the Commission adopted the Communication “A Common Agenda for Integration - Framework for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the European Union”. The primary aim of this Communication is to provide the Commission’s first response to the invitation of the European Council to establish a coherent European framework for integration. The cornerstones of such a framework are proposals for concrete measures to put the Common Basic Principles into practice, together with a series of supportive EU mechanisms.

The aim of the European Web Site on Integration is to help improve the effectiveness of integration policies and practices in the European Union by sharing successful strategies and supporting collaboration and cooperation. The European Web Site on Integration is designed to act as an EU-wide platform for networking on integration, through exchange about policies and practices.

The project has been funded within the framework of the Programme for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (INTI).


Why is Integration becoming a primary concern for European Society?

Most Member States of the European Union are now experiencing legal migration of third-country nationals and are confronted with integration challenges. This has led to an important debate today about the most effective approaches to integration.

Some countries, including newer Member States, have only recently been faced with such immigration. Others have dealt with immigration and integration challenges for decades but not always with satisfactory results, and they are consequently revising their policies.


What kind of information does the European Web Site on Integration provide?

The European Web Site on Integration provides the following kind of information: Documents (such as reports, policy papers, evaluations and impact assessments, etc), Stories of practices, News, Events, Links, Forums.
The theme is information and tools that will help integration practitioners and policy-makers in their work.


How is it possible that my own favourite integration event, news or report is not even mentioned on the European Web Site on Integration?

We strive to provide users with the most accurate and up-to-date information. However, some documents, news or events, may have slipped through our extensive checking. If you feel this is the case, then please let us know or, if you are the author of the information (or enjoy similar rights), register and share what we have missed.




Where does the information on the European Web Site on Integration come from?

Information on this Web Site has been provided by:

  • EU National Contact Points on Integration
  • An international network of stakeholders such as local authorities’ networks, social partners, NGO networks and private foundations.
  • Academic researchers
  • Organisations publishing material from international conferences and seminars
  • Editorial Team researchers, drawing from sources across the EU

What audience is this Web Site aimed at?

The Web Site has been designed for policy-makers, practitioners and civil society organisations dealing with integration issues and working at European, national, regional or local levels.


Should all contributions be written in English?

No, documents may be submitted in any official EU language but you are invited to provide a summary in English, German or French.

For submitting stories of practices, it is mandatory to use English at this stage.
For submitting news or events, you need to provide the title and a summary paragraph in English, French or German.


Can I also contribute to the information delivered by the European Web Site on Integration?

Yes, you are invited to do so since this Web Site is also your website. Click here for more details on how you can contribute to the EWSI and share your knowledge with others.


Who should I contact for more information, or to make comments/suggestions, about the European Web Site on Integration?

Simply go to our contacts page


Have we missed a question? Suggest one and we will try to answer it.

Send us an email from our contacts page


What means RSS Feed?

The RSS feed allows you to always be informed about the content published on the web site. If you use RSS you will be up to date with the latest News, Events, Integration practices, Documents and Partner requests. Just click on the icon which you will find in each section and you will see the latest content in your browser. You have the opportunity to subscribe to the RSS which you will receive in your browser or your application on a regular basis directly informing you about the changes on the website