PACE’s new “Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies” (PNDP), holding its first meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat on 8 February, looked at how to integrate migrants in ways that were most likely to stop young people from being attracted to terror – and how diaspora groups and parliamentarians could help.
Around 80 participants from 22 countries debated how cultural and religious differences could be accommodated in host societies, the positive role diasporas could play in preventing extremism, and the need for the social and economic inclusion of migrant communities.
Laws to protect migrant workers, and providing a basic level of social security, were important ways to foster migrant inclusion, participants heard.
The meeting, which brought together MPs, diaspora groups, high-level government officials and diplomats, also backed the creation of a “European Diaspora Prize” to honour diaspora associations that successfully support integration in host countries while fostering cultural identity, and developing links to countries of origin.
The seminar was co-organised by the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies and the Sub-Committee on Diasporas of the Assembly’s Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, together with the Assembly’s Parliamentary Projects Support Division, at the invitation of the Parliament of Morocco and with the support of the Swiss authorities.