New publication Key to the successful integration of displaced persons
Based on almost two years of field research in North Rhine-Westphalia, the current BICC Policy Brief provides policy recommendations for the successful integration of displaced persons.
In BICC Policy Brief 52019 „Key to the successful integration of displaced persons: Language competence, housing, work, social participation“ (in German), author Simone Christ understands integration as participation for all people that is as equitable as possible. Integration is a process of encounter and exchange, not a unilateral adaptation effort by migrants. Socio-political challenges—such as the protracted difficulties on the housing market or in the school system—can make equal participation more difficult. However, solutions must be found here that involve not only displaced people but all strata of the population in order to avoid conflicts and competition.
BICC Policy Brief 52019 provides the following policy recommendations:
Grant integration policy measures to all displaced persons from the outset, regardless of their prospects of remaining in Germany („Bleibeperspektive“)
Enable participation—through language skills, on the labour market and through support services
Recognise the housing situation as an essential integration factor
Reduce restrictions on family reunification