Policy brief

Integration in Host Societies and Development: Adapting Policy Approaches to the New Mobility


Mihaela Vieru


The policy considerations in this Brief address two migration developments that ought to change the way we think about integration in host societies. Migration is no longer a one-time movement leading to permanent settlement. We are increasingly witnessing multiple migration (i.e. frequent and multi-directional cross-border movements of migrants), which has an impact on migrants' intentions for integration. In addition, demographic and economic challenges have engaged societies in a race to attract the highly skilled, but the best and the brightest are commonly the most highly mobile participants in the world economy. The migration landscape is now more complex and competitive, underscoring the necessity for an updated approach to integration.