While speaking during an international conference on the integration of migrants and employment, organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Dr Helena Dalli, said that the Government is committed to develop an immigrant integration policy based on experience, knowledge and practice in Malta and elsewhere.
Dr Dalli said that the Government has to base this policy on the European Union’s Common Basic Principles for immigrant integration, which were adopted by the Justice and Home Affairs Council in November 2004 and form the foundations of EU initiatives in the field of integration.
Minister Dalli said that one key aspect of these basic principles is employment. Dr Dalli said that employment is key for the integration of migrants in their host country. She said that the Government’s opinion on this matter is that integration “has to be supported by efforts in education, especially with regards to language”. Dr Dalli said that migrants should have a good knowledge of their host country’s culture, history and politics.
Of concern to the Government are working conditions. Dr Dalli said that “precarious employment conditions cannot ever lead to successful integration”. She said that “integration either brings one into mainstream society or it fails”. Towards this end the Government is committed to fight precarious employment.
The IOM international conference was organised to stimulate thinking on integration policies and projects for third country nationals residing in the European Union. It was funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals.