New Pact on Migration and Asylum includes integration measures
The European Commission today presented a new Pact on Migration and Asylum. Acknowledging that the current system is not working and has not been for several years, the Commission announced its plans to move away from ad-hoc solutions and to put in place a 'predictable and reliable' migration management system. The new pact sets out faster procedures throughout the asylum and migration system, building on the principles of fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity.
Developments suggested in the pact include improving cooperation between countries of origin and transit countries, ensuring more effective procedures, successful integration of refugees and return of those with no right to stay.
Supporting integration for more inclusive societies
In the 8th section of the pact the Commission writes that too many migrants and households with migrant backgrounds still face challenges in terms of unemployment, lack of educational or training opportunities and limited social interaction. Building on the work of the EU's 2016 Action Plan on Integration and the recent renewal of the European Partnership for Integration, the Commission is creating a new action plan on integration and an informal expert group on the views of migrants.
The Commission lays out two key commitments in the area of integration:
- Adopt a comprehensive Action Plan on integration and inclusion for 2021-2024;
- Implement the renewed European Partnership for Integration with social and economic
partners and look into expanding the future cooperation to the area of labour migration.
The Action Plan on integration and inclusion for 2021-2024 will:
- provide strategic guidance and set out concrete actions to foster inclusion of migrants and broader social cohesion;
- bring together relevant stakeholders and recognise that regional and local actors have a key part to play;
- draw on all relevant policies and tools in key areas such as social inclusion, employment, education, health, equality, culture and sport, setting out how migrant integration should be part of efforts to achieve the EU’s goals on each;
- ensure migrants fully benefit from the European Pillar of Social Rights;
- recognise in its actions that people with a migrant background often face similar integration challenges to third-country nationals;
- directly support those active ‘on the ground’ and cover the full range of measures needed to accompany migrants and their families along the path to successful integration and social inclusion.
Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas today said: 'Moria is a stark reminder that the clock has run out on how long we can live in a house half-built. The time has come to rally around a common, European migration policy. The Pact provides the missing pieces of the puzzle for a comprehensive approach to migration. No one Member State experiences migration in the same way and the different and unique challenges faced by all deserve to be recognised, acknowledged and addressed.'
Read the full communication from the European Commission here.
Read the relevant press statement here.
Read the Commission's roadmap to implementation of the new pact here.
Access the Commission's own webpage on the pact here.