Refugee integration through inclusive policies

A whole-of-society approach to fighting cultural divisions

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
15:15 to 16:30

Refugees need access to skills training, education, affordable housing and jobs. Those designing these services must take an inclusive and whole-of-society approach so that all community members are treated equally. Programmes targeting refugees alone can instil a feeling of exclusion among the local community with similar needs who may feel they are being neglected. This can deepen divides and make people more vulnerable to the toxic “us and them” rhetoric espoused by populist politicians and those who fear foreigners. Such “privileges” can also be an unwelcome reminder to new arrivals of how they differ from their neighbours. Participants will discuss how communities and local governments can overcome the challenges posed by inequalities of access to create more inclusive societies.

Organised by


Shada Islam
Friends of Europe
Rozina Spinnoy
Business Improvement Districts Belgium
Yasmine Ouirhrane
Young Leader - Italy
Shaza Alrihawi
Refugee activist
The Network for Refugee Voices
Jenny Hornisch
Programme Manager Qudra Iraq
GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit)