We are happy to bring to your attention the first issue of the “Experts Speaking” rubric prepared by the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management with participation of Dzmitry Babicky, expert of CASE Belarus. The document is dedicated to the topic of economic integration of migrants.
The growing immigrant population in the EU as well as in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) states intensifies the need to develop more comprehensive and effective policy measures in the sphere of economic integration of migrants. Currently, there are around 20 million third country nationals in the EU – or 4% of the total EU population. Seventy-five per cent of them are in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The evolution of migration trends is gradually transforming EaP states from origin countries to receiving countries, which brings new challenges. Access to national labour markets in the hosting states plays a vital role for ensuring the well-being of migrants and could be beneficial for the national economies and hosting societies in general.
Experts representing both the EU Member States and the Eastern Partnership countries share their views on topics like economic integration in Italy, the problem of legal employment of labour migrants from Ukraine, pluses and minuses for receiving states, benefits of inclusive education for immigrant children and timely labour-market entry for successful integration. Pilot issue of the “Experts Speaking” can be found at the Panel’s website by the link: