The integration of migrants and diaspora communities represents
a major challenge for European societies today. Communities living
abroad are vital bridges between Europe’s cultures and can contribute
to building cohesive societies and strengthening pluralism and democracy
in European societies.
This report calls on member States to involve educational
and cultural networks of communities living abroad in a more systematic
way in the framing and implementation of policies concerning different
aspects of the integration process (including educational, cultural
and social integration). It also asks member States to set up national
platforms, which would allow the different ministries and specialised
institutions to work transversally with diaspora associations, to
encourage the establishment of similar platforms at local level
and to provide adequate financial support programmes to help them
to professionalise their activities, develop and consolidate their
networks and conduct joint initiatives.
At European level, the report advocates the setting up of
a European parliamentary network on diaspora policies and the establishment
by the diaspora communities of a European platform to collect data
and assess the cultural and social impact of diaspora communities
on European societies, and to promote the exchange of best practices
and the development of joint projects.