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PES Network on Migration and Integration

The PES Network on Migration and Integration was created in October 2010. 

Tanja Fajon MEP (SD, Slovenia) and Nebahat Albayrak MP (PvdA, Netherlands) are the co-chairs of the PES Network on Migration. The network meets three times a year and gathers PES members, institutional representatives, stakeholders and specialists on migration and integration issues.

Economic migration 

The economic factor is one of the strongest pull factor for migrants to come the Europe and look for more employment perspectives and better work conditions. With a growing aging population and falling birth rate, Europe is facing a big challenge in terms of its labour market and social security system sustainability. If looking at labour market shortages on the one hand and excess of migrating skills and know-how, well managed economic migration would lead to the benefit of both partners. Europe has however a crucial role in facilitating in and out going migration flows accompanied with working permits giving the same rights and protection as European workers in order to avoid a cast of workers.

Integration and social inclusion

Integration should be based on the perception that all citizens enjoy the same rights and duties. In order to ensure that integration of people (non-EU migration as well as intra-EU mobility) can be a success, an inclusive approach should be encouraged through education for children from an early age, knowledge of language, access to employment, housing, social services and community life by also underlining the duties of every citizen.

Anti-discrimination legislation

Anti-discrimination legislation and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights must be implemented and respected by all Member States. This principle should apply both to EU citizens circulating within the EU and to third country nationals arriving to the EU, based on the EU principle of freedom of movement.

Development policies

One of the key points of a sustainable strategy is developing countries of origin of migrants. There is a link between development and integration that cannot be ignored – and this applies both to economic migrants and refugees. People should be given the chance to have a decent life in their countries. The EU can play a role at this point by investing in the countries of origin to boost stable democratic systems, viable economies and sustainable environment policies.

Asylum seekers

Refugees are people forced to leave their country, escaping war and torture and looking for protection from persecution. Europe and its member states have a responsibility and obligation under international law to give these people asylum and to assist people in danger while respecting Human Rights. Therefore, Europe needs a common Asylum policy to give all refugees arriving the EU the same protection, solidarity and standards of support. Moreover, Member States among them also need to show solidarity in sharing the responsibility in giving protection.

Open but managed border control

Europe cannot close its borders (internal or external) but rather needs to strengthen the common external entrance/exit approach to insure that people entering any European Member States are entering under the same conditions and the same human treatment. Border control should not be synonymous for an anti-migration approach, but rather for controlled migration flows. If the same rules are applied across Europe and the trust between Member States is guaranteed, the free movement of people according to the Schengen agreement should not be questioned. Moreover, strengthening the common external border approach prevents irregularities on EU’s territory such as trafficking practices, criminal networks and irregular migrants. 



What we are fighting for
Read the PES Common Manifesto for the European Elections 2014

Our Campaigns


In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job. We are calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.



Campaign info

5.7 million young people are currently unemployed in Europe and an additional 1.5 million are forced into precarious jobs. In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job.

The campaign “Your future is my future – a European Youth Guarantee now” is calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.

Campaign Material

  • Toolkit (EN)
  • PES guide on youth guarantee (EN)
  • PES appeal for a European Youth Guarantee (EN), (FR)
  • PES report: Combating Youth Unemployment (EN), (FR), (ES)
  • Factsheet on Youth Unemployment among Women (EN)
  • Campaign flyer (EN), (FR), (DE), (ES), (NL), (PT), (HU)

Campaign Video

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