Draft European Modules on Integration

On 15/02/2012 the European Commission published the draft European Modules on Migrant Integration. This document presents the three draft modules developed with experts and officials from all over the EU with the help of a service provider. It does not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the Commission.

The modules refer to a collection of experience at national level and an identification of
The aim of these draft modules is to provide a common language and a reference framework regarding integration which facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange and help to increase the quality of policies and practices and the performance of practitioners and public service providers across the EU in the three given topics:

    1) Introductory and language courses;
    2) A strong commitment by the host society; and
    3) The active participation of immigrants in all aspects of collective life.
The development of the European modules on migrant integration comes as a result of theJustice and Home Affairs Council's initiative of 12-13 June 2007. Against this background, the National Contact Points on Integration were invited to "examine the added value of developing common European modules…". The significance of European modules was reaffirmed in the Council conclusions of May 2010, pointing out the three areas in which modules should be developed.

The draft European modules are directed at the national authorities of the Member States, as integration is a national competence and any implementation of integration policies and measures at the regional and local level is the responsibility of the Member States. As follows from the competences of the European Union in the field of integration, the general target group of the integration measures consists of third-country nationals. However, the measures that are proposed in this document can also be used to target other groups of migrants if Member States consider it relevant and necessary within their own national context.

The current political climate, which places an important emphasis on the questions of migration and integration, shows that the topics dealt with in the draft modules are indeed currently valid. It is also important to see the development of the modules in the light of the Europe 2020 strategy, where integration of legal migrants plays an important role in the achievement of the EU 2020 targets. The European Agenda on Integration also takes into account that the modules might be considered as a flexible European toolbox. Furthermore, the three draft modules are very closely linked with the Common Basic Principles for Immigrant Integration (CBP). The modules aim to stress in particular that integration is a two-way process of mutual accommodation by all migrants and residents of Member States, which is why the modules include measures targeted both at migrants and at actors representing the receiving society.

You can see the draft European Modules on Integration document here.

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