Motion for a Resolution by

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs I [LIBE I]

Building bridges, not walls: with rising cultural tensions and increasing polarisation across the continent, how can the EU aid Member States in ensuring cultural integration of people with a migratory background?

Submitted by: Stella Naudts (NL, Chairperson)

The European Youth Parliament,

  1. Alarmed by the immense and steadily increasing number of migrants1 and refugees2 entering the European Union (EU), 
  2. Concerned by the frequent racism and discrimination migrants face in the housing and labour market as well as social activities,
  3. Noting with regret the unequal distribution of migrants between Member States,
  4. Aware of the differences in the Member States’ legislation regarding migration, 
  5. Emphasising the importance of integration into the labour market for the cultural assimilation of migrants,
  6. Realising the fact that migrants’ skills are often underestimated, causing migrants to have jobs that are not to their full potential,
  7. Bearing in mind that many migrants do not have sufficient education or language proficiency in Member States;

  1. A migrant is someone who has either moved to a Member State and is expected to live there for at least 12 months after leaving a different country, or has lived in a Member State and has not lived there for at least 12 months.
  2. A refugee is  someone with a third country nationality, who comes to a Member State due to having a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership with a certain social group and is unable or unwilling to return.