From October 16-19, 2016, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH held the Integration Strategy Group in Rabat with an interdisciplinary group of 20 Moroccan, Turkish, and German officials and non-government stakeholders from the migration policy field.
Over the course of two days, participants discussed new integration realities in all three countries and in particular what role transnational actors and networks, including the diaspora, return migrants, and expert exchanges, can contribute to integration policies. The meeting also included site visits in Rabat. A final conference shared the results of the Integration Strategy Group to a wider audience of migration experts and local, national and international stakeholders in Morocco.
The Integration Strategy Group is based on the premise that human mobility to all three countries will continue and that integration and inclusion practices are needed. Successful integration practices promote trust between migrants and receiving societies and create inclusive societies based on mutual understanding. The integration and inclusion of different migrant groups can greatly facilitate economic exchange, development and growth opportunities and creates the basis for social stability. On the other hand, the non-integration of immigrants, refugees and return migrants can lead to greater social, economic and political friction, potentially hindering economic development and fostering instable security situations. While Morocco, Turkey, and Germany face different sets of issues related to migration and integration, each country is in transition and must meet the challenge of creating integrated and inclusive societies.