Europe’s priority on migrants: housing and jobs for those who disembark here
The new plan on integration into the EU revealed: Space and social inclusion projects and new housing for migrants. Meanwhile, the report on civil rights arrives in the European Parliament: No mention of terrorism, priority given to the fight against racism and Islamophobia
by Mauro Indelicato
November 24, 2020
Crucial days in Brussels, between sessions in the European Parliament and commission meetings. It was to be expected, given what is happening in all of Europe, between the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.
Still, the ongoing arguments have nothing to do with recovery or recovery plans. On the contrary, they talk about migrants and civil rights.
The EU plan on integration
In these days, for example, placed at the top of the work agenda of the European Commission is the new plan for the integration of migrants. These are multi-year projects, with which the EU is trying to give precise directions on the issue. In recent hours, the plan, which will substitute that approved in 2016, and which should last for a period of time including the years between 2021 and 2027, was announced by the European Commission itself.
It is based on four principal pillars: Education, work, access to health care, and adequate housing. The responsible principals of social policies are the member states, but the EU has the possibility to coordinate the policies and give specific directions. And according to the institutions of Brussels, in the coming years, the various governments must always commit themselves to inclusion, with investments and spending relative to more adequate accommodation for the migrants present in EU territory.
The first point concerns inclusion in the world of education: “There is a need to commit to education and training that are inclusive from early infancy to higher education,” the commission plan reads, “concentrating on the facilitation of recognizing qualifications and on continuous learning of languages, with the support of EU funds.” The second point, however, concerns the work world, where all migrants, “and women in particular,” the plan further reads, must receive the support to express “their full potential”.
Then there is the third point, concerning the health sector. “In addition to specific financing of the EU, “the document states, “the action plan looks to guarantee the people are informed as to their rights and recognize the specific challenges faced by women, in particular during and after pregnancy.” Finally, the fourth pillar calls for, “adequate and convenient finances through the European Fund for regional development, the European Social Fund Plus, the Asylum Fund, and Migration and Invest EU,” to find better housing for migrants.
Investments and priorities that could cause — and not a little — those outside EU institutions to wrinkle their noses. Especially because for the moment, in the countries hardest hit by the Corona virus pandemic, there are no clear indications as to funds that the EU will make available to restart the economy. Whose eventual collapse, not so remote through anti-contagion measures, could involve everyone, from citizens to migrants.
Report on fundamental rights
Also because then, if on the one hand, the commission is giving importance to the plan on integration, on the other, the EU Parliament, at this time, is discussing the report on the state of fundamental rights in 2018-2019, And here, according to the EU institutions, the priority is to stop the spread of racism and Islamophobia: “Instead of confronting the actual situation, it seems the program of a party of the extreme left, with passages that are biased and embarrassing,” commented Lega deputy Silvia Sardone in her remarks in the European Parliament. “It talks of a European Parliament that has helplessly witnessed the spread of racism, of Islamophobic sentiments, of hostility and intolerance against Muslims, while saying nothing about terrorism, victims of attacks, about those who hate Europeans, our way of life, our culture, our values.”
Scrolling down the report, it speaks, in effect, of measures to take against the spread of policies that lead to discrimination and, in which a presumed “criminalization of solidarity” would emerge, with clear reference to
the tug-of-war in recent years between the Italian government of the yellow-green alliance and the NGOs. The priority, that of the EU, is quite far from a reality where, on the contrary, millions of people await a concrete response on the economic and health front.