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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.

To facilitate voluntary remigration and circular migration, remove legal obstacles (for example, by retaining residence and naturalization rights) and disincentives (for example, by introducing portability of social security contributions and entitlements) for migrants to return, permanently or temporarily, to their country of origin.

Voluntary return (temporary or permanent) of migrants to their countries of origin can offer important opportunities for migrants themselves and for the development of their origin countries. Although the return of migrants, especially the permanent return of high-skilled migrants, may not always be in the short-term interest of destination countries, their policies should facilitate such returns.

For example, migrants may be discouraged from returning to their origin countries if this leads to a loss of social security contributions or if they fear a refusal of reentry or a downgrading of residence rights due to a temporary return. Destination countries should therefore facilitate the portability of social security contributions and entitlements through unilateral measures or, where appropriate, through bilateral agreements. They should also make sure that temporary returns, within reasonable limits, do not jeopardize the migrant’s residence or naturalization rights.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    For medium- to high-skilled migrants, design migration policies to align their skills better with the labor market needs of the destination country. To this end, allow for direct private sector ...

    For medium- to high-skilled migrants, design migration policies to align their skills better with the labor market needs of the destination country. To this end, allow for direct private sector and pr ...

    For medium- to high-skilled migrants, design migration policies to align their skills better with the labor market needs of the destination country. To this end, allow for direct private sector and private employment agencies’ involvement based on internationally recognized recruitment standards and principles.

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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 ...

    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 to permanent r ...

    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 to permanent residency.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
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    For low- to medium-skilled migrants, host countries should adopt temporary or circular labor migration programs in sectors with transient or cyclical skill shortages. But they should prevent the exploitation of ...

    For low- to medium-skilled migrants, host countries should adopt temporary or circular labor migration programs in sectors with transient or cyclical skill shortages. But they should prevent the explo ...

    For low- to medium-skilled migrants, host countries should adopt temporary or circular labor migration programs in sectors with transient or cyclical skill shortages. But they should prevent the exploitation of workers and ensure their return to origin countries after a set period through simple repatriation rules and compulsory saving schemes where payout is contingent on the migrant leaving the host country.

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    Pursue an inclusive citizenship policy: encourage naturalization, remove inappropriate barriers to citizenship and acknowledge dual citizenship to foster integration and strengthen democratic participation.

    Pursue an inclusive citizenship policy: encourage naturalization, remove inappropriate barriers to citizenship and acknowledge dual citizenship to foster integration and strengthen democratic particip ...

    Pursue an inclusive citizenship policy: encourage naturalization, remove inappropriate barriers to citizenship and acknowledge dual citizenship to foster integration and strengthen democratic participation.

    Polity, Civil Society