Today i will touch upon a very important topic on migrant integration. Many immigrants who move to a new country, often do not make any effort to integrate with the locals. Integration is so important and often overlooked by many immigrants.
Integration is all about living in harmony, cohesively with communities. It is the the key to success for migrants and their families!
Many countries have experienced high levels of immigration in recent decades. The integration of immigrants into a host country’s society, economy, and politics has therefore become a major focus for policymakers and scholars. Lack of integration leads to problems for migrants, such as racism, discrimination etc.
Citizenship has an important connection to integration. No citizenship if you dont integrate. This is one of the reasons why many countries require you to speak their language, know their culture, history and also live for more than 5 years to know and understand more about the host country. You can also decide on a citizenship in any of immigrant friendly countries.
Going back to history, citizenship first of all comes from the Latin word for city, because in the earlier days of humans, governments, people identified themselves as belonging to cities more than countries. Humans have lived for more than millions of years,
Integration is all about knowing language, culture, adapting climatic conditions and history. If you dont speak the language i dont see how you will integrate to local communities. How do you expect a country to give you citizenship if you dont integrate?
So how do you integrate?
It easy! Get out of your home and talk to people! Know them! Interact with the locals, Speak their language (attend language schools), familiarize yourself attending local events, parties, festivals, try local food and delicacies.
More than half of the foreign-born population in the EU originate from another European country, with around 20% coming from European countries outside the EU. The integration of immigrants and their children has been high on the policy agenda of EU and OECD countries for the last 20 years.
In the EU, Interaction is most widespread in neighborhoods and in the workplace, where 44% and 28% of the native-born population, respectively, report interacting at least once a week with immigrants from non EU countries. Countries where the native-born interact most with the non-EU-born in their neighborhood are Southern European countries, Ireland and Austria. Interaction while working with immigrant colleagues is most common in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.