Ministerial Conferences

The high level political debate on integration in the EU context started with the first Ministerial Conference on Integration which was held in Groningen in 2004. The second Ministerial debate took place in May 2007 in Potsdam and the third debate took place in Vichy in November 2008.

The fourth Ministerial Conference on Integration took place in Zaragoza under the Spanish Presidency on 15/16 April 2010. The topic of the conference was "“Integration as a driver for development and social cohesion”. Ministers at the conference discussed topics such as education, employment, diverse districts and indicators for the evaluation of integration policies and agreed the areas of work which should be focussed on in the future. Ms Mary White, who was then Minister of State for Equality, Integration and Human Rights in Ireland attended the conference - see link to the Minister's Press Release.

The Third edition of the Handbook on Integration for policy-makers and practitioners was also launched at the conference in Zaragoza. This edition covers the role of mass media in integration, the importance of awareness-raising and migrant empowerment, dialogue platforms, acquisition of nationality and practice of active citizenship, and immigrant youth, education and the labour market.

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