Policy Memo – Refugee Integration: A Local Approach on Global Migration Influx

by Franziska Fischer, Canada-Europe Dialogues on Migration

The influx of refugees since 2015 in Western societies has unearthed difficulties on the national and international level to develop coherent and collaborative policies to organize the people and the burdens for the countries and communities. The situation is often distorted by the media and political voices have emerged that present xen-ophobic and nationalistic solutions. The leading adminis-trations struggle to address problems and concerns of the people on a national level. Resentment and hostilities to-wards refugees are rising that give momentum to populist political voices. The uncertainty by the public, facilitated through the media, is harnessed by political actors to steer the political direction towards the right.