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Table 16.1 The ‘common basic principles on immigrant integration’, adopted by the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 19 November 2004

From: Research-Policy Dialogues in the European Union

1 – Integration is a dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by all immigrants and residents of member states
2 – Integration implies respect for the basic values of the EU
3 – Employment is a key part of the integration process
4 – Basic knowledge of the host society’s language, history and institutions is indispensable for integration
5 – Efforts in education are critical for preparing immigrants to be more successful and active
6 – Access for immigrants to institutions, as well as to public goods and services, on a basis equal to national citizens and in a non-discriminatory way is an essential foundation
7 – Frequent interaction between immigrants and member state citizens is a fundamental mechanism
8 – The practices of diverse cultures and religion as recognised under the Charter of Fundamental Rights must be guaranteed
9 – The participation of immigrants in the democratic process and in the formulation of integration policies, especially at the local level, supports their integration
10 – Integration policies and measures must be part of all relevant policy portfolios and levels of government
11 – Developing clear goals, indicators and evaluation mechanisms to adjust policy, evaluate progress and make the exchange of information more effective is also part of the process
  1. Source: Council of the European Union, 2618th Council Meeting Justice and Home Affairs, Brussels, November 19 2004