Our European Way of Life’ as the Guiding Principle: Shifts in the Understanding of Immigrant Integration at the EU Level

Sharing core norms and values
Nov 21, 2022 | Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Most migrants integrate relatively well into their countries of reception, and the COVID-19 pandemic showed how essential non-EU workers are for the EU’s economies. Immigration, however, challenges social solidarity and tests the absorption capacity of every host society. Diversity does not necessarily support community identity. suggests Vít Novotný in his article for the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. In response to shifts in public opinion and disquiet about the difficulties experienced with migrant integration, the von der Leyen Commission has promoted the overarching concept of Our European Way of Life, anchored in the EU’s secular values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These bear a strong resemblance to the European Leitkultur of respect for the European constitution and the values of the Enlightenment.

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