Refugees in Europe – perspectives on people in context


Interactive panel discussion on integration practices in Europe

Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France and Germany: the European Foundation for Democracy's recent Report examined national practices of refugee integration in these seven European countries and identified "good practices" for a comprehensive, Europe-wide integration strategy.

Based on the report and in order to facilitate an exchange of views among different national actors to identify common solutions to integration challenges, the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the European Foundation for Democracy would like to invite you to join our interactive panel discussion with seven national representatives, on Tuesday, 26th June 2018, starting at 16.00h at the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Join us for our discussion on a European approach to the integration of refugees and listen to the experiences of a number of national experts from their daily work in local communities.




16:30                    Arrival of participants

17:00                    Welcome address by Dr. Hardy Ostry, Head of the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

                             Introduction and brief presentation of the Report by John Duhig, Senior Policy Advisor,

                             European Foundation for Democracy

17:10 – 17:30      Keynote Speech

17:30 – 19:00     Interactive Panel Discussion

                             Germany – Benedict Göbel, Coordinator Integration Policy, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

                             Sweden – Åsa Hedberg, Integration coordinator, County Administrative Board of Östergötland,


                             Denmark – Michala Clante Bendixen, Head, Refugees Welcome, Copenhagen

                             Belgium – Pauline Wautie, Representative of Convivial, Brussels

                             Austria – Mohammed Khattab, Representative of Interface, Vienna

                             France – Sarah Affani, Representative of Singa France, Paris

                             The Netherlands - Araa Al Jamarani, Head of Syrian Women in the Netherlands, Amsterdam

19:00 – 19:10     Closing remarks by Roberta Bonazzi, President, European Foundation for Democracy

19:10 – 20:30     Reception in the European Office