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09 September 2020

Renewal of the European Partnership for Integration following COVID-19 crisis


On 7 September 2020 the European Commission and the European Social and Economic Partners renewed their commitment to the European Partnership for Integration.

Migrants and refugees make up a significant part of the EU’s workforce. Their essential contribution to European economies and public services became abundantly clear during the COVID-19 crisis, with many providing crucial health and social support (read more about their vital contribution Europe-wide here).

Following the crisis migrant workers and entrepreneurs can play an important role in the recovery and rebuilding of EU economies, as countries work towards prosperity and social cohesion. Many of these workers do face specific challenges, however, and have been severely affected by the pandemic. Racism and xenophobia is on the rise in many places, creating additional obstacles to their social integration as well as their participation in labour markets.

It is in order to mitigate these difficulties that the European Commission and European Social and Economic Partners have renewed their commitment to the Partnership, in line with the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Partnership reaffirms the importance of a multilevel, cross-sectoral approach for early integration into the labour market, benefiting both refugees and the economy and society at large.

©European Commission: Commissioners Johansson and Schmit and representatives of the five Social and Economic Partners organisations (ETUC, Business Europe, SMEUnited, CEEP, Eurochambres).

Read more about the renewal here, and click here for the joint statement by the European Commission and Economic and Social Partners.


Joint statement PDF
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