The 4th meeting of the European Migration Forum took place on 6-7 March 2018. The event brought together over 200 representatives of NGOs, local and regional authorities, national governments, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Debates and keynotes focused on the challenges and opportunities of integrating migrants into national labour markets in the European Union.
The EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos highlighted the urgency of focusing on the integration of those who have obtained a legal right to reside in the EU. He added that effectively integrating them is also beneficial for Europe's aging societies and labour shortages.
Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) put emphasis on equal treatment, stating that immigrants should be considered as full citizens and benefit from the same rights and obligations as EU nationals. He urged civil society organisations to work toward reaching equality.´
José Antonio Moreno Díaz, member of the EESC's Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration, said that integration into the labour market is a key part of integration. He stressed the need to change the narrative on migration, moving away from migrants being depicted as a burden on societies towards the reporting the need for migration in any modern society.
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Source: European Web Site on Integration; 9. 3. 2018