The Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees Tomáš Boček has published an Issue Paperon human rights aspects of immigrant and refugee integration policies based on a comparative assessment of 11 Council of Europe member states.

The Issue Paper focuses on specific integration policies such as learning the language or acquiring knowledge about the political institutions, society and democratic values of the receiving country as well as residency requirements, income thresholds or housing requirements in the context of family reunification.

“Integration policies should not pursue migration-control goals but facilitate the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants and refugees. A voluntary and individually-tailored approach is essential for their successful integration”, said Tomáš Boček.

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