We Need to Talk About Integration After Migration. Here Are Four Ways We Can Improve It

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Public opinion about the value of migration appears closely tied to perceptions about integration. Image: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(World Economic Forum) – Integration is the delicate, critical transition of the migrant from outsider to insider – the process by which migrants become a part of their new community. Successful integration is hard to measure because it is multilayered, touching every part of the migrant experience, from education to housing, political participation and civic engagement.

We might not be able to capture it well, but few doubt its importance. While many migration issues remain hotly contested, integration is widely considered to be a good thing for migrants and for the societies they have moved into.

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