E.g., 08/18/2017
E.g., 08/18/2017

Integration Futures Working Group

Integration Futures Working Group


(Jon Rawlinson)

The Integration Futures Working Group, an initiative of MPI Europe, is working to develop a fresh agenda for integration policy in Europe by bringing together senior integration policymakers and experts, civil-society officials, and private-sector leaders to create a platform for long-term strategic and creative thinking.

Through quarterly meetings and a forward-thinking program of original research, the working group aims to forge new connections between classic integration issues (such as employment and integration), broader social issues (such as the rise of populism and the role of the media), and emerging fields (such as social innovation and behavioral insights).

Planned meetings for 2017 include:

Values: The chaotic and seemingly uncontrollable nature of large-scale inflows to Europe in the past few years has deepened anxiety about rising cultural and religious diversity. How can countries define, adjudicate, and message values in a context of rapidly changing politics?

Education and Future Citizens: Schools play a vital role in equipping future citizens to live—and thrive—in diverse societies, but Europe’s education systems are still struggling to adapt to the needs of pupils from an immigrant background. How should we be rethinking schools—from teacher training to new technologies and teaching methods—for diverse populations?

Beyond Work: New Ways to Contribute in the Future Labor Market: In a changing landscape of work, migrants may find themselves as greater risk of unemployment, underemployment, or even social isolation. Are integration policymakers making the right investments in helping newcomers train for the jobs of the future, and should we be taking a wider look at alternatives to work—from volunteering to informal care or remote work—for the most disadvantaged?

Community Resilience and ‘Whole-of-Society’ Approaches: Integration has long been a "whole-of-society" endeavor, but the 2015-16 migration crisis brought with it a greater reliance on nongovernmental actors to mentor and support newcomers. How can policymakers capitalize on this energy and enthusiasm by building a more collaborative approach to receiving and supporting newcomers, while minimizing the risks of working with new partners?

Recent Activity

In Search of Common Values amid Large-Scale Immigrant Integration Pressures
Reports
June 2017
By Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan and Meghan Benton
Reports
November 2016
By Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Meghan Benton
Reports
October 2016
By Meghan Benton and Alex Glennie
Audio
May 11, 2017

This MPI webinar explores the recent “tech turn” in refugee protection and integration, and considers whether the tech community's interventions in this area are likely to have a lasting impact. Speakers discuss the most promising innovations and their broader implications for policymakers. They discuss the challenges and opportunities for governments as they seek to work with new actors such as tech companies. And they also consider the broader digital infrastructure needs of refugee camps and services—including the crucial issue of Internet and mobile connectivity for refugees.

Video, Audio
April 12, 2017

Public anxiety about immigration and the fast pace of social change has reached a boiling point in many parts of Europe, contributing (in part) to the ascent of populist far-right parties. This discussion focuses on how the French election is unfolding, what we can learn from Brexit and the Dutch elections, and what these results portend (if anything) for the next round of political contests in Europe. Experts consider how governments can manage broader public concerns about rapid social change, economic opportunity, and security in ways that can reduce public anxiety over immigration and restore the public's trust. 

Recent Activity

Reports
June 2017

Amid high levels of immigration, the roles of religion, culture, and identity in liberal democratic societies in Europe have come under the microscope. Few have found it easy to identify a core set of shared values and to communicate them evenhandedly to newcomers. Amid clashes over burqas and belonging, this report explores the tradeoffs policymakers face in defining, instilling, and managing disagreement over values.

Audio, Webinars
May 11, 2017

This MPI webinar explores the recent “tech turn” in refugee protection and integration, and considers whether the tech community's interventions in this area are likely to have a lasting impact. Speakers discuss the most promising innovations and their broader implications for policymakers. They discuss the challenges and opportunities for governments as they seek to work with new actors such as tech companies. And they also consider the broader digital infrastructure needs of refugee camps and services—including the crucial issue of Internet and mobile connectivity for refugees.

Video, Audio, Webinars
April 12, 2017

Public anxiety about immigration and the fast pace of social change has reached a boiling point in many parts of Europe, contributing (in part) to the ascent of populist far-right parties. This discussion focuses on how the French election is unfolding, what we can learn from Brexit and the Dutch elections, and what these results portend (if anything) for the next round of political contests in Europe. Experts consider how governments can manage broader public concerns about rapid social change, economic opportunity, and security in ways that can reduce public anxiety over immigration and restore the public's trust. 

Reports
November 2016

With the seemingly endless flows of asylum seekers and migrants abated, at least for the present, Europe is now faced with the long-term and complex challenges of integration of these newcomers. This report examines the political, social, and economic contexts and immigration histories of European countries and how the current integration challenges are complicated by existing challenges of fragmentation and social unrest. Still, the authors find some cause for optimism.

Reports
October 2016

Tech communities in Europe and North America have been spurred into action by the refugee crisis, developing apps and other tools that can be used along the journey, immediately upon arrival, and for longer-term integration into the host society. This report maps several types of emerging tools and considers how policymakers responsible for refugee integration might play a more active role in supporting the most promising.