Unfortunately, the common feature throughout the EU Member States has been to see migration through a utilitarian angle based on economic needs, without giving due consideration to the social and economic integration of migrants and ensuring their access to social rights.
This situation has been worsening especially since the beginning of the economic crisis which has led national Governments to harden their migration policies. At EU level, the tendency is also a narrow security approach.
In the context of the European Year for combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and the current discussion on the EU2020 Strategy, EAPN would like to stress the need to rebalance the current negative perception of migration. EAPN argues for a new integrated migration policy consistent with the EU social model and the defense of fundamental rights.
- EAPN’s Position on Poverty and Migration
- EU migration policies: threats and opportunities
- Sweden: Structures that marginalize immigrant organizations
- EAPN Spain facilitates integration of migrants
- Combating poverty also demands better initial and ongoing support for migrants
- Malta: alone with a massive immigration issue, dealt with by detention centres and denial of human rights
- England: Giving the voice to migrants
- BARKA UK, a way of helping people out – Intra-European migration
- Social inclusion or strategic exclusion?
- The use of poverty as a tool in the fight against irregular migration