EU Fundamental Values, Immigration and Integration: A Shared Responsibility (Unofficial translation)
Engelstalig rapport over ‘EU fundamentele waarden, immigratie en integratie: een gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid’ (Original language title)
A seminar on EU fundamental values, immigration and integration was held on 2 February 2016 in Strasbourg under the auspices of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The seminar brought together civil society, experts and representatives of EU member states, EU institutions and the Council of Europe.
Current challenges around immigration and integration seem to put our commitment to our shared European values at risk. Participants in the seminar reflected on the handling of the refugee crisis in the EU, and explored options for strengthening the rule of law and attention to fundamental rights in our policy responses. The seminar’s objective was to share different perspectives, thoughts and practical suggestions on the issue through an open exchange of ideas.
This report focuses on a number of themes that featured prominently in many of the speakers’ contributions and in the discussions. They are:
1. the idea that addressing this common problem requires solidarity and responsibility from all member states;
2. the reciprocal relationship between values and rights; and
3. the way that migration challenges are framed.
The report can be downloaded here.