The European Integration Forum – the dialogue platform on integration of immigrants – met for the ninth time on 4-5 June 2013 in the EESC premises. The main theme of this meeting was: 'The Integration of young migrants in the European society'.
This theme was introduced by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director-General for Education and Culture in the European Commission and a Member of the European Parliament, Jean Lambert (UK/Greens). Experts from the field of education and labour presented their work, while young migrants shared their perception of their situation in the society.
The aim of the 9th European Integration Forum was to allow for dialogue and to feed the on-going policy reflection on integration of migrant youth. The Forum had a specific focus on integration in the education system, access to the labour market and diversity in the public space.
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.