E.g., 07/31/2021
E.g., 07/31/2021
Integration Futures Working Group

Integration Futures Working Group


(Jon Rawlinson)

The Integration Futures Working Group was established in 2016 to develop a fresh agenda for integration policy in Europe. It brings 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 regular 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).

From 2016-2020, areas of discussion included values (how countries can define, adjudicate, and message values in a context of rising cultural and religious diversity); education (how schools can equip future citizens to live in diverse societies); labor market disruption (how integration policymakers can help newcomers thrive in fast-changing job markets); community resilience (how to build a “whole-of-society” approach to integration and empower communities to design and deliver integration services); and future welfare systems (how to ensure integration policy supports the long-term sustainability of social spending amid population aging).

In Spring 2020, MPI Europe launched a special program of work looking at how to minimize the corrosive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on integration dynamics, programs, and governance. Key questions include:

Community-building and solidarity at a time of physical distance. While the pandemic has ushered in waves of community solidarity, it has also triggered rising xenophobia and scapegoating of newcomers. And it has disrupted much of the in-person infrastructure that supports immigrants and refugees, and placed many community-building activities out of reach. What steps can governments take now to build community resilience and reduce the risks of a “social capital recession,” alongside the economic one? How can social isolation be reduced for disadvantaged groups?

Mitigating the economic fallout. Many predict that the economic fallout from the pandemic may disproportionately affect migrants, reversing fragile gains in labor market integration. How can governments minimize the scarring effect on new labor market entrants, and sustain training and integration programs amid pandemic-related restrictions? How are economies likely to be reconfigured in the medium term by the pandemic and the shift towards a more digital society, and how can integration policymakers help immigrants capitalize on these trends?

Connecting public health and integration: The pandemic dramatically exposed persistent health inequalities, with the most vulnerable populations often the least able to access services. This has ripple effects on newcomers’ ability to participate in crucial parts of society—such as finding employment and obtaining secure housing. The pandemic has forced policymakers to reckon with how health interacts with other dimensions of integration policy and could spark new efforts to mainstream health considerations across integration investments.

Recent Activity

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Reports
July 2021
By  Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan and Aliyyah Ahad
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Reports
January 2019
By  Meghan Benton and Aliyyah Ahad
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Reports
January 2019
By  Aliyyah Ahad and Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan
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Reports
January 2019
By  Meghan Benton and Alexandra Embiricos
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October 2018
By  Meghan Benton, Antonio Silva and Will Somerville

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Cover image for Solidarity in Isolation? Social Cohesion at a Time of Physical Distance
Reports
July 2021
By  Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan and Aliyyah Ahad
Coverthumb MPIE IntegrationFutures FinalReport
Reports
January 2019
By  Meghan Benton and Aliyyah Ahad
Coverthumb MPIE CommunicatingIntegration_Page_01
Reports
January 2019
By  Aliyyah Ahad and Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan
Coverthumb MPIE IntegrationToolkit
Reports
January 2019
By  Meghan Benton and Alexandra Embiricos
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Reports
October 2018
By  Meghan Benton, Antonio Silva and Will Somerville
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Reports
October 2018
By  Meghan Benton and Liam Patuzzi
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Reports
February 2018
By  Aliyyah Ahad and Meghan Benton

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Video, Audio
October 16, 2018

Can people be 'nudged' into support for immigrant integration? On this webinar, speakers explored what untapped potential behavioral insights may hold for integration policy and how policymakers can start fitting this approach, which has been used in areas from tax compliance to organ donation, into their work. The webinar marked the release of the report, Applying Behavioral Insights to Support Immigrant Integration and Social Cohesion

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Video, Audio
October 3, 2018

This Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar examines possible scenarios for how social, economic, and technological trends could affect jobs, labor market policy, education and social policies, and migrant integration. Speakers also explored the potential of coding schools for refugees to help alleviate skills shortages and provide a pathway to work.

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Video, Audio
February 8, 2018

Amid the arrival of hundreds of thousands of children during the migration crisis in Europe, school systems are increasingly being called upon to find innovative ways to address growing diversity and support children with migrant backgrounds. This webinar offers lessons for integration and education policymakers to ensure the whole education workforce is equipped to support diverse learners and better realize the broader role schools play as integration actors.

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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.

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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
July 2021

Being there for one another is a fundamental response to adversity, but what happens when in-person interactions are limited in the interest of public health? This report explores the pandemic’s effects on social cohesion in Europe and North America, including its impact on bonds between and within diverse groups, on immigrant integration programming, and on volunteering and other forms of solidarity. It underscores the importance of planning for an inclusive recovery.

Reports
January 2019

To address the intersecting challenges facing European societies—from population aging and labor-market change, to immigration and political upheaval—governments need to hone new strategies for helping both newcomers and long-term residents succeed amid diversity. This report explores some of the most promising approaches, drawing on input from policymakers, the private sector, civil society, and others.

Reports
January 2019

When it comes to communicating with constituents on the highly emotive issue of immigrant integration, European policymakers are facing unprecedented challenges. This report explores how the rapidly changing media landscape and heightened attention to migration affect how governments craft communications on these issues, and how these messages resonate (or backfire) with the public. Drawing on past PR successes and failures, it offers guidance on effective strategies.

Reports
January 2019

Across Europe, policymakers responsible for immigrant integration are dealing with a rapidly evolving set of challenges—from the diversification of new arrivals and changing European labor markets to rising anti-immigrant sentiment and tight budgets. This report explores promising strategies from other policy areas that could be used to develop, fund, evaluate, and make the case for investing in integration.

Video, Audio, Webinars
October 16, 2018

Can people be 'nudged' into support for immigrant integration? On this webinar, speakers explored what untapped potential behavioral insights may hold for integration policy and how policymakers can start fitting this approach, which has been used in areas from tax compliance to organ donation, into their work. The webinar marked the release of the report, Applying Behavioral Insights to Support Immigrant Integration and Social Cohesion

Reports
October 2018

Governments are increasingly drawing on research into human behavior when developing policies that aim to encourage people to make better decisions, be it accessing preventative health care or paying taxes. This report explores how a similar approach of 'nudges' could be applied to immigrant integration policy to encourage social mixing, narrow socioeconomic gaps, and more.

Video, Audio, Webinars
October 3, 2018

This Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar examines possible scenarios for how social, economic, and technological trends could affect jobs, labor market policy, education and social policies, and migrant integration. Speakers also explored the potential of coding schools for refugees to help alleviate skills shortages and provide a pathway to work.

Reports
October 2018

Faced with an aging workforce and growing skill shortages in the IT sector, some German policymakers and industry experts have seized on the idea that recently arrived refugees could be a natural fit for careers in tech. This report examines the case for training refugees for IT jobs and explores the variety of coding schools that have cropped up in Germany to help newcomers succeed in the field.

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