The rise of populist rhetoric in the months leading up to the European Parliament elections this May as well as the results of the recent referendum in Switzerland, show how hostile the climate all over Europe has become over the issue of immigration policy. High time for the FNF to look at the current EU and national state of play on integration policy from a distinctly human rights perspective and to ask Thomas Huddleston, Director of the Migration and Integration Programme at the Migration Policy Group and Lara Natale, Coordinator at the European Network of Migrant Women, which reforms are needed and what are the challenges of the current situation? Continue reading
Every year millions of people leave their home countries, driven out by political persecution or in search of a better future for themselves and their families. Of those who leave, thousands will never reach their destinations. And for those who reach safer havens, the new beginnings often bring new problems: bureaucracy, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and discrimination. The challenges in areas such as integration, citizenship, political participation, family reunification and work migration should not be underestimated. In addition, the common practice of gender-neutral policies often affects migrant women to their disadvantage, leaving them even more vulnerable. Are current European and national migration and migrant integration policies lagging behind reality? What reforms are needed? What challenges need to be overcome to enforce a holistic immigrant integration policy?
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