2nd European Integration Forum - Intercultural Dialogue a side kick, but a kick nonetheless

12/13th November 2009,
Brussels, Belgium
- EIF forum

Organiser: European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee

EIF logoFrom our roots in the arts and culture we branch out into other policy domains. The Platform for Intercultural Europe took part as a member in the second EU Integration Forum on 12/13th November 2009, hosted by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social committee. The EU Integration Forum is a mechanism for civil society consultation in the ten-year old EU integration policy – a policy, which will finally be given a legal base through the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The mainstreaming of integration policy and an assessment of the European Integration Fund were the topics on the Agenda.

Some key messages emerged: First, it is impractical to make integration only a matter concerning “legally residing third country nationals”, as the remit of the EU policy is defined, but that undocumented migrants, naturalised immigrants, their children and grandchildren, as well as the receiving population must also be included. Second, integration into the labour market is the highest integration concern. However, as clear as this consensus is, it is a complex task which involves eradicating discrimination, rights education, intercultural awareness raising and competence building, and last but not least intercultural dialogue.


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