New Societal Challenges and Europe’s Search for Identity
The strong influx of refugees in recent years has made integration policy an important topic. The needs both of migrants and the domestic population have to be taken into consideration, challenges have to be addressed and tackled without prejudice. The ultimate goal should be the participation and full integration of migrants in our society and public life. In March 2015, the Education Ministers of the EU Member States adopted a declaration on the promotion of civil rights and the shared values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.
This initiative, which is targeted at representatives of European universities and other educational institutions such as political and social research institutes, think tanks and youth organizations, is designed to highlight social aspects of education and training, in order to prepare future citizens for tolerance, respect for diversity and civic responsibility. It also emphasizes the importance of the role of educational institutions in the integration of migrants, by providing a deeper understanding of European values and in preventing radicalization.
During this conference we would like to deepen the discussion on the sense of European identity in a globalized world and the significance of responsible action, shared values and beliefs.