On February 3-5, 2016, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH hosted the first Integration Strategy Group meeting in Berlin with an interdisciplinary group of approximately 20 Moroccan, Turkish, and German officials and non-government stakeholders from the migration policy field.
In Berlin, participants discussed the current challenges facing Germany, Morocco and Turkey in terms of integration policy. The working group sessions, held under The Chatham house Rule, also focused on ways to measure integration successes through indicators as well the limits of such measurements when it comes to issues of social cohesion or general acceptance of the receiving society, the role of the media in communicating and providing information on migration and integration matters, as well as on how to involve key actors in overcoming integration barriers.
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.