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The need for closer co-operation with diaspora communities to improve integration policies

The Culture Committee believes that in framing their integration policies governments should involve the educational and cultural networks of diaspora communities to a much greater extent. The committee underlined the fact that the role of these networks is not sufficiently recognised and used to its full advantage, particularly in the context of drawing up national and local strategies to improve social cohesion and the spirit of “living together”.

The report by Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ (France, SOC), approved today by the committee, puts forward the idea of setting up national platforms to allow different ministries and specialised institutions to work transversally in the field of integration, by means of a permanent dialogue with organisations reflecting the opinions of diaspora communities.

The committee stated that the public authorities should also provide financial support programmes for diaspora associations to help them professionalise their activities and consolidate their networks.

Believing that stronger links with expatriate communities could also be of benefit to the countries of origin, the committee further recommends that the governments of the countries of origin develop stronger partnerships between the relevant bodies – such as schools, universities, embassies and cultural and language centres – and diaspora organisations, providing them with concrete support.