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European Integration Forum - 10th meeting

Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards a more inclusive citizenship Conference - Brussels, Belgium

The European Integration Forum – the dialogue platform on integration of immigrants – met for the tenth time on 26 and 27 November 2013 in the EESC premises. The main theme of this meeting was: 'Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards a more inclusive citizenship'.

During the 10th European Integration Forum there were many opportunities for dialogue and to feed the on-going policy reflection on political and civic participation of migrants, but also on the future EU priorities in the field of migration (post-Stockholm programme), with interactive roundtables held on this subjects.

The civil society representatives adopted a political statement on the subject of this meeting, addressed to European, national, regional and local authorities and other stakeholders. It is partly based on the recent EESC opinion on "A more inclusive citizenship open to immigrants", which was also presented during the meeting.

Participation in the Forum meetings is on invitation only.


European Integration Forum

The European Integration Forum, launched in April 2009 by the European Commission and the EESC, brings together representatives of civil society organisations active in the area of integration of immigrants. 21 members of the EESC's Standing study group on Immigration and Integration (IMI) also take part in its meetings.

The Forum gives the organisations an opportunity to express their views on the integration issues, in particular relating to the EU agenda on integration, so that they can give an important political input to its elaboration.

More general information about the Forum and materials from its meetings can be found on the European Website on Integration (link below).