PERCO Working Group on Integration

The PERCO Working Group on Integration was established in October 2011 with the following aims:     

  1. To determine the unique contribution that National Societies can make to the integration of migrants, particularly in relation to:  health (including psycho-social wellness), education (both formal and non-formal),  housing, employment and participation.
  2. To consider the relationship between statutory authorities and voluntary agencies in the provision of support to migrants.
  3. To consider the European Commission Communication on the new “European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals”.
  4. To identify best practices among PERCO members, including both national and international partnerships.

The outcome of the working group will be an on-line handbook for National Societies which would address both the minimum standards (best practice) as well as innovative practices (new challenges).  The working group will not, in the first instance, address advocacy issues.

To date, the Working Group has gathered information (using data from the countries represented by the members of the Working Group) on national/regional/local integration strategies, national conferences/events, research, publications on integration, national working definitions of integration, whether National Societies have integration policies and/or activities, criteria for citizenship, information on the effect of immigration on the indigenous population/how society is empowered to accept others, and mentoring programmes.

The Working Group is currently analysing the ten principles in the 2009 IFRC Migration Policy document as they affect integration. A broad working definition of integration/social inclusion will be adopted for use by the working group at its next meeting, at which a report on innovative integration practices will also be considered.

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