Mon 29 Aug 2011 03:26:00 PM EEST
EU citizens and migrants alike agree that integration requires language skills, employment, respect for the local culture and an unambiguous legal status.
Migrants to the EU bring with them not only diversity, but also the potential to make a valuable contribution to economic growth and stability.
As Europe's population ages and birth rates remain low, migrants can help sustain the EU economy and finance national welfare systems. But not unless they are fully integrated into their host countries.
A new package of measures proposed by the Commission would facilitate integration through language learning, easier access to employment, education and training, plus efforts to fight discrimination.