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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the European Website on Integration (EWSI) and why did the European Commission (EC) create it?

The European Web Site on Integration (EWSI) is the EC’s one-stop-shop on migrant integration, informing and connecting stakeholders across the EU since 2009.

How did it all start? In October 1999, at the European Council meeting in Tampere, Finland, the leaders of the EU called for a common immigration policy which would include more dynamic policies to ensure the integration of third-country nationals residing in the 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 EU citizens. With the EU keen to promote economic and social cohesion throughout its territory, the integration of third-country nationals has become a focal point of the union's immigration policy.

The integration of third-country nationals legally residing in the EU countries 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 European Migration Network (EMN) 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. The Groningen Ministerial Conference on Integration of 9-11 November 2004 also 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 A Common Agenda for Integration - Framework for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the European Union. The primary aim of this communication was to provide the Commission’s first response to the invitation of the European Council to establish a coherent European framework for integration. The framework is meant to offer concrete measures to put the Common Basic Principles into practice.

The aim of the European Website on Integration (EWSI) is to help improve the effectiveness of integration policies and practices in the EU by sharing successful strategies and supporting collaboration and cooperation. The European Website on Integration is meant to act as an EU-wide platform for networking on integration through exchanges about policies and practices.

More about the EU's work on integration find here.

The project has been funded within the framework of the Programme for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (INTI), and later, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

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Why is integration important to the European society?

Most EU countries are currently seeing an increase in the migration of third-country nationals. This, in turn, has led to a debate about the most effective approaches to integration.

While some countries, including the newer Member States, have only recently been faced with such questions, others have been actively working on migration and integration issues for decades. Despite many successes, more is needed in order to ensure inclusion for all.

As a two-way process involving migrants and the host society alike, the successful integration of third-country nationals requires sound information exchange and collaboration between multiple stakeholders. EWSI strives to assist these processes.

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What kind of information can be found on EWSI?

The website brings together a wealth of resources, including:

To stay up to date with all content updates, subscribe to the monthly EWSI newsletter.

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How come my own integration event/report/project is not mentioned on EWSI?

We strive to provide users with the most valuable information on integration from across the EU. If you would like to suggest content, please contact the Editorial Team here. If you are the author of the information or enjoy similar rights, you may also create an EWSI account here and submit an article of your own.

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Where does the information on EWSI come from?

The content of EWSI is created by a dedicated Editorial Team and a network of integration experts based in each of the EU countries - find their details on the About page.

Regular sources of information include:

  • EU institutions and agencies and networks
  • National, local and regional authorities
  • International and civil society organisations
  • Academics and researchers
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Who is this website for?

The website is primarily aimed at policy makers, practitioners and civil society professionals working with integration issues at the European, national, regional or local levels.

With its content always expanding, however, EWSI strives to bring value to more and more audiences.

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Are all contributions written in English?

The majority of articles are published on EWSI in English, with submissions in French and German also possible. 

Documents submitted as attachments to articles may be written in any official EU lannguage as long as the text of the article itself is in English, French or German. 

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Can I too contribute to EWSI?

Yes, you are invited to do so since EWSI is your website, too. Click here to create a user profile and share your knowledge with others.

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How can I get in touch with EWSI?

For more information, as well as in order to provide feedback and suggestions, please use our contact form.

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Have we missed a question?

Please send your queries through our contact form here.

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What is an RSS feed?

The Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed is an online file that details about piece of content on a website. If you use an RSS reader, you can receive updates whenever content has been updates - just click on the icon you will find in each section of the website.

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