The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration is based on an initiative of the Stiftung Mercator and the VolkswagenStiftung. The initiative includes seven member foundations. In addition to the Stiftung Mercator and the VolkswagenStiftung, the member foundations are: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Freudenberg Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stifterverband and Vodafone Foundation Germany.
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Dr. Schu at the annual meeting of the Fulbright Commission
Berlin, 19 March 2018
Since 1946, the German-American Fulbright Commission has been providing grants for the exchange of German and American students, instructors and professors. This year’s annual meeting took place in Berlin under the motto ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’’ and addressed the question of how social change can be shaped.
Before about 500 German and US-American fellows, Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director of the German Expert Council, held the keynote address ‘Immigration Country Germany – Current Trends and Future Challenges.’ In her lecture, she discussed among others the European migration dilemma that was revealed during the so-called refugee crisis. As a proposal of the SVR for the sharing of responsibilities within Europe, she presented the regulated free choice model, which provides for conditional rights of free movement for recognised refugees.
Prof. Bendel and Dr Schneider attend hearing of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) in Paris
Paris, 16 January 2018
Prof. Bendel today spoke at a hearing on international migration movements held by the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) in Paris. The invitation to attend came from the German Ambassador to France, Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut. The ESEC is a high-ranking government organisation which advises the French government. At the hearing Prof. Bendel outlined the German system for receiving and integrating refugees and put forward suggestions made by the SVR for developing the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). She was accompanied by Dr Jan Schneider, Head of the SVR’s Research Unit, who also took part in discussions with Council members.
Berlin, 4 – 5 December 2017
Internationally eminent academics, members of civil society, and high-ranking representatives of politics and business met at the Aurora Dialogues Berlin – Millions on The Move: Need for Development and Integration – to talk about the challenges of, and possible solutions for, global migration movements. Dr. Gianni D´Amato of the SVR Expert Council discussed “How Attitudes Influence the Practice of Refugee Integration in Hosting Countries” with Andreas Görgen, Director-General for Culture and Communications of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Dr. Lori Wilkinson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, and Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC. The event was organized by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, the Global Perspectives Initiative, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and sponsored by Stiftung Mercator, UNICEF, and United World Colleges.
For more information, visit www.auroraprize.com.
Berlin, 7 November 2017
The German-French Integration Council (DFIR) made its first public appearance today. Founded this past May, the DFIR is charged with intensifying exchange and collaboration regarding integration and societal cohesion. Sharing challenges and good practices within the DFIR will mutually benefit Germany and France.
The Integration Council is composed of 24 members including SVR Expert Council Chair Dr. Thomas K. Bauer. The DFIR has four co-presidents: the German and French Interior Ministers and the two German-French cooperation delegates. DFIR members include prominent personalities and representatives of a variety of social institutions who are called to serve for three years by the German and French governments.
More information regarding this event is found at: www.bmi.bund.de.
SVR Expert Council Member Petra Bendel attends the meeting on future scenarios of migration from West Africa in Dakar
Dakar, 8 – 10 September 2017
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung founded a commission to develop scenarios regarding future migration from West Africa to Europe and provide recommendations for national, European, and global policies. The commission is tasked with discussing West African-EU relations within the scope of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the formal Roadmap 2014–2017, and considering such challenges as demographic developments and how climate change is affecting West Africa. Among the commission’s African and European members is Dr. Petra Bendel of SVR.
Three phases of workshops were scheduled over six months, with the first orientation meeting held in Berlin in late June. At the second gathering in early September in Dakar, Senegal, commission members developed future scenarios. The third meeting in mid-November is dedicated to recommendations for national, European and global policies.
Find more information about Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research here.
Dr. Cornelia Schu lectures on Germany as a Land of Immigration – in the USA
Berlin, 27 February 2017
The American Council on Germany invited SVR Managing Director Dr. Cornelia Schu to the United States to present a series of lectures. Events were held in Seattle, San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Atlanta with participants from business, civil society and academia (including the University of California, Berkeley), as well as a school group. Dr. Schu’s presentations about immigration in Germany focused on labor migration and refugee admission. She also presented the results of the SVR 2016 Integration Barometer, a representative survey of some 5,400 people with and without migration backgrounds.
The American Council on Germany is a private non-profit organization that works to strengthen German-American relations. You can find more information about the American Council on Germany at: www.acgusa.org.
Dr. Schu gave her first lecture in Seattle in cooperation with the World Affairs Council, a non-profit organization that seeks to inform the public about international affairs and engages in critical global issues. A report about the kick-off event, hosted by the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, is at: www.world-affairs.org.