09 Feb 2007

Integration: An Ever-Closer Challenge

Stefano Bertozzi

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This article argues for closer integration to be a key part of the EU’s migration policy. It accepts that migration is necessary for a prosperous Europe and looks at the role of the EU and how best to integrate immigrants. Countries’ experiences and the need for better aligned policies among member states are examined. The European Commission’s role in sharing experiences and best practices is considered, as well as the need for the many stakeholders involved to work together. Integration is a complex and delicate process, and ultimately the EU must be bolder in its promotion of integration if it is to benefit from migration.