Immigration and integration of immigrants from the European perspective
This conference was centered around the presentation of the newly launched CES book "Opening the Door? Immigration and Integration in the European Union". The book is a joint project of CES together with its member foundations that contributed with different national insights on the topic and it was presented by CES research officer Vít Novotný. The conference was opened and moderated by Marian Zulean, the deputy director of the ISP, and by the director of KAS Romania Holger Dix, who outlined the complexities of the topic and the disputed definitions of the term itself. Following Mr Novotný's intervention, Dumitru Sandu, a sociologist from the University of Bucharest criticised the fact that Romania’s strategy for immigration and integration was not being implemented; he also explained that areas with large emigration suffered from heightened inequalities and social breakdown. The former Minister of Labour, Family and Social Protection Sulfina Barbu stressed the need to improve the conditions for Romanian workers returning from abroad. Finally, Marian Tutilescu, Head of the Schengen Department, European Affairs and International Relations at the Romanian Ministry of Interior outlined the difficulties with policing the external border of the Schengen zone. After Germany, Romania is the second largest contributor to Frontex, the EU’s external border agency.