02 Sep Friends Of Europe – Europe needs migrants
In June this year the discussion paper “Europe’s migration challenge: from integration to inclusion” was published by Friends Of Europe in Brussels. The organisation is an “innovative think-tank” for a modern Europe and their vision is to promote peace, prosperity, and sustainability. They believe a successful integration plays a vital role in achieving these goals.
The people behind the paper are Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe; Amanda Rohde, Senior Programme Manager at Friends of Europe; and Gerard Huerta, Programme Assistant. The purpose of the paper is summed up in the following quote:
“Our main message is simple: it’s time for new approaches, new ideas and new thinking. With this publication, Friends of Europe is hoping to kick-start a different but constructive and transformational conversation on migrants and inclusion.”
From integration to inclusion
In the paper they talk about inclusion and inviting immigrants to the table. Up till now the conversation has mostly been about immigrants adjusting and taking on “the proper” European identity. That has to stop. At the end of the paper Islam, Rohde and Huerta come to the following conclusion:
“Europeans come in many shapes, sizes and colours. They have different lifestyles, ethnicities and religions. They think and act differently. However, they are all part of Europe. As such, they have equal obligations – and are entitled to equal treatment and equal opportunities.”
Read the complete paper (or download it as a PDF file).