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Symposium 2011

Solution for Migration, Integration and Identity

The Challenge

Migration is a central dimension of globalization. It entails major challenges but also major opportunities for countries of origin and countries of destination, as well as migrants themselves. Advanc ...

Migration is a central dimension of globalization. It entails major challenges but also major opportunities for countries of origin and countries of destination, as well as migrants themselves. Advances in information and communications technologies and affordable travel allow migrants to be part of life in both their home and host countries.

Educate both migrants and host populations to foster mutual understanding of their respective cultures and values, and thus ease adaptation and integration.

There will often be substantial cultural differences between migrants’ home countries and their destination country—differences that go well beyond differences in languages. To minimize friction and conflict and to foster mutual understanding and integration, it is important to educate both migrants and the host country population about their different cultures and values.

Education will help both sides to adapt. But adaptation and integration take time and may even be fully achieved only in the second or third generation. Hence, it should be seen as a long-term process that needs to be encouraged and continuously supported.

While successful integration requires acceptance of and adaptation to the host country’s culture, it does not require an exclusive identification of immigrants and their descendants with the host country’s culture and society. Continued identification of immigrants and their descendants with their country of origin does not preclude identification with the host country; and it does not, in general, hinder their economic or social integration. Moreover, with substantial levels of immigration, cultural adaptation and integration is not a one-way-street: the local population will also have to adapt and be open to new cultures

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    Require and support migrants’ investments in learning the language of the destination country; and expand language education in origin countries.

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    To support investments in human and social capital and to foster integration, allow labor migration to be long-term or even permanent, and provide clear and transparent rules for a path ...

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