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?