International co-operation vital to improve integration of refugees

refugee integration 2019

Yara Al Adib serves a guest at the launch of her catering company’s first kitchen in Antwerp, Belgium. © UNHCR/Colin Delfosse.

This article is brought to you in association with OECD.

Countries should increase their co-operation and information sharing to enable them to deal more effectively and quickly with inflows of humanitarian migrants, according to a new OECD report.

Ready to Help? Improving Resilience of Integration Systems for Refugees and other Vulnerable Migrants finds that the increase in the refugee population in OECD countries – from about 2 million in mid-2013 to about 6 million today – has had a highly concentrated impact, in geographical and demographic terms – but also in terms of the type of services placed under pressure.

While recent refugees are expected to increase the working-age population of European countries by 0.3% by the end of 2020, they face higher hurdles than other immigrant groups in integrating into the labour market, due to lower education levels and slow transition to employment. In some countries, the effect of the refugee inflow will be more apparent: in Austria, Greece and Sweden, recent refugees will increase the labour force by 0.5% and in Germany, by 0.8%. In Turkey, Syrian refugees already represent about 3% of the working-age population.

“Integration is as great a challenge if not greater than the challenges linked to initial reception of refugees and other vulnerable migrants,” said Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, OECD Deputy Secretary-General, launching the report in Paris at the Policy Dialogue on the Integration of Refugees and other Vulnerable Migrants. “Ensuring better integration requires an up-front investment.”

Building on the recommendations of the Global Compact on Refugees and OECD work, the report identifies a number of policies to improve integration. These include:

  • Increasing international co-operation and collaboration. Countries were caught off-guard by the recent humanitarian refugee crisis, without an effective framework for sharing and using information to capture early signals of impending surges in demand, but also without an agreed mechanism for collaboration and mutual aid. Co-ordination with humanitarian, development and peace actors in developing countries hosting refugees – 85% of the world’s refugees are in developing countries – is also essential.
  • Stepping up efforts to help refugees and vulnerable migrants find and stay in work. This includes improving transparency and simplicity in pathways to access the labour market; mainstream employment support; skills recognition; and language support.
  • Working more closely with a wide variety of stakeholders involved in the integration of migrants, including civil society, the private sector, social partners, and government bodies at the sub-national level. In particular, employers have a key role to play, while coordination of national and local governments is necessary to improve buy-in, especially when people requesting protection are dispersed by central authorities to sub-national regions.
  • Putting in place a clear long-term integration strategy, including provisions for return to origin countries when warranted.
  • A crisis plan is also needed to identify partners, channels of communication and responsibilities in the face of large inflows of people seeking protection.

Ready to Help? Improving Resilience of Integration Systems for Refugees and other Vulnerable Migrants addresses 22 key policy questions regarding how OECD countries can be better prepared. It is the result of joint work across different parts of the Organisation and examines recent experience, lays out areas of focus for policy-makers, points to concrete evidence and examples, and summarises the latest research.











the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

‘Well-being of two million’ in Gaza at stake as emergency fuel runs dry: UN humanitarian coordinator

Mental health of health professionals: the alter ego

UN and African Union in ‘common battle’ for development and climate change financing

How the world can gear up for the fight against cancer

Deutsche Bank: the next financial crisis is here and the lenders need €150 billion from taxpayers

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum 2019 concluded, in association with The European Sting

Strengthening security through an EU-wide information system

Here’s how data can shine a light on financial crime

Here’s how to bring agility into the boardroom

Trade negotiations with US can start under certain conditions

A day in the life of a Venezuelan migrant in Boa Vista, Brazil

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Carbon Price Needed for Climate Change Success

Technology can help us save the planet. But more than anything, we must learn to value nature

G20 World Exclusive Interview: “The world, especially emerging economies and developing countries, require a more sustainable and quality development”, the Spokesperson of Japan underscores live from Antalya Turkey

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Launch of CREWS, climate risk & early warning systems

Prisoner executions in Belarus ‘simply unacceptable’, says UN rights body

“Airbnb and YouTube are two great examples of a crowd based capitalism”, key stakeholders outline the boundaries of the 4th Industrial Revolution in Davos

UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo, as violence erupts prior to elections

Human rights breaches in Bangladesh, Cuba and Vietnam

Silk Road Unlimited

There’s a new global technology race. It needs better trade rules

EU-Turkey relations: Will Turkey manage to revive the EU accession process talks?

Six steps that can help us to tackle homelessness

UN spotlights wellbeing of seafarers on International Day

Berlin to pay at the end for Eurozone banks’ consolidation

‘Address root causes’ of instability in Mali through ‘aid and support’ urges UN chief

The world is too complacent about epidemics. Here’s how to change

Pakistan: UN Security Council condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ terrorist attacks

EU: Protecting victims’ rights from cartels and market abuses

Mental health: a medical school’s demand

Oh, well, you are wrong, Google responds to the European Commission

UN genocide adviser welcomes historic conviction of former Khmer Rouge leaders

‘No safe way’ into battle-scarred Afghan city of Ghazni to deliver aid as traumatized children search for parents

115 rejections and no pay. What it really takes to be an entrepreneur

The results of Finland’s basic income experiment are in. Is it working?

What empty homes and hipster coffee shops tell us about globalization

Fashion has a huge waste problem. Here’s how it can change

Help prevent children ‘from becoming victims in the first place’, implores Guterres at campaign launch

Every year, South Korea comes to a standstill for an exam marathon

ITU Telecom World 2016: it’s all about working together

EU leaders slammed on anti-tax evasion inaction and expensive energy

Cameron postpones speech in Holland

‘Counter and reject’ leaders who seek to ‘exploit differences’ between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo

Why cities hold the key to safe, orderly migration

Commission presents EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements for signature and conclusion

One in three fish caught never gets eaten

Trump to run America to the tune of his business affairs

A new generation of women leaders is making waves in the Arab world

GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas

More taxpayers’ money for the banks

The increasing drug prices in Europe

104 countries have laws that prevent women from working in some jobs

UN chief encourages victims of terrorism to ‘raise up their voices’

Safer products: stepping up checks and inspections to protect consumers

How to stop data leaks

Commissioner sings “Volar-e” but the European driver no “Cantar-e”

It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief

Here’s how we get businesses to harmonize on climate change

The EU Consumer Policy on the Digital Market: A Behavioral Economics View

MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s