Expert Advice on Migration and Integration
Independent Policy Advice
The Expert Council on Integration and Migration is an independent body providing research-based policy advice. Its reports aim to assist those bodies responsible for integration and migration policy, as well as the general public, in their opinion-forming processes. Germany is a country of immigration. Integration and migration are thus key issues of the future which will continue to pose significant challenges to politics and society in the coming years. That is why the Federal Government took the decision on 2 December 2020 to establish the Expert Council on Integration and Migration. It will continue the work of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), founded in 2008 as a consortium of private foundations.
Under the charter establishing the Expert Council on Integration and Migration, it is tasked with
for the benefit of politics at federal, federal state and local authority level, as well as civil society.
The Expert Council on Integration and Migration is mandated with providing independent advice. Its assessments and evaluations are bound only by scientific criteria. It publishes all its statements, recommendations and reports.
Under the charter establishing the Expert Council, it has a threefold mission:
The interdisciplinary Expert Council comprises a total of nine Researchers, who are each required to have specialist knowledge of and experience in their own disciplines within the fields of integration and migration as well as international research standing. The Council Members are appointed for a three-year term by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community with the agreement of the involved federal ministries and the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration following consultations with the Chair of the Expert Council. Reappointment (generally only once) is possible. Appointments are based on a vote by an independent selection committee. The Expert Council on Integration and Migration elects a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson from among its Members for three years.
The Berlin Office supports the work of the Expert Council on Integration and Migration. The Research Unit, with its scientific staff, also forms part of the Berlin Office.
The Federal Government finances the Expert Council on Integration and Migration and its Berlin Office through funding allocated in the federal budget. A total of 2 million euros was made available for 2021.