The integration of working-age migrants is one way to reverse depopulation trends, leading to the maintenance or reopening of public services, and the creation of new jobs and economic development in rural areas.
“The early and effective integration of third-country nationals is key to making migration a benefit for the economy and cohesion of our society.” Dimitris Avramopoulos European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship
This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how people in rural areas have used EAFRD support to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by the recent influx of migrants and refugees into the European Union.
Without judgement on broader migration policy questions, the brochure aims to provide a picture of what is actually happening in several rural areas in Europe to deal with the evolving situation in more positive ways. It presents projects under the sub-themes of ‘changing the narrative’, ‘jobs and the labour market’ and ‘coordinated responses’.