The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a briefing paper “The integration of migrants from outside the EU” on Thursday 17 May 2018 at 11h30 on the ECA website eca.europa.eu.
ABOUT ECA BRIEFING PAPER
The briefing paper will highlight the key challenges the EU faces in effectively integrating migrants (i.e. people living legally in the EU, without EU citizenship). It will also set out what the EU is doing to support their integration.
The auditors will present the actions taken by EU institutions in the field of integration over the last two decades, in particular in recent years. They will also provide an overview of the integration policies implemented in the Member States and explore the role of EU initiatives in shaping them.
The paper will include three illustrative examples based on the real-life experiences of a number of migrants. It will be published in English (other languages will be available in due course) and a press release will be issued in 23 EU languages.
ABOUT INTEGRATION OF MIGRANTS
There are more than 21 million people legally residing in EU territory without EU citizenship, or about 4 % of the EU population. In the period from 2013 to 2016, around 3.2 million migrants from outside the EU acquired citizenship of an EU Member State. Taking into account second-generation migrants, around 18 % of the population residing in the EU has a migrant background.
Integration is part of the migration process. Studies have shown that the more migrants are integrated, the higher the long-term economic, social and fiscal gains that they might bring to the country where they settle. Integrating migrants may require action in many areas - including, for example, education, employment, housing, health and culture.
The European Court of Auditors’ briefing papers are descriptive and analytical documents, in which the ECA sets out its accumulated experience and knowledge on the selected policy or management topic.