Distinguished guests,

I want to thank first of all, Professor Masini and Mr Sayer for being here today for the presentation of the conclusions of the project ” Consulting Euth” and all the speakers of this very interesting programme I am glad to open with this short introduction.

Migration and inclusion are two of the biggest challenges that the EU is facing right now.

The management of migratory flows and asylum policies represent a key subject of the internal and external policies of the European Union and I believe that the destiny of Europe is intimately connected to that of the management of migratory flows.

We would need an entire day of discussion and confrontation if want to analyse in depth the migration policies of the European Union and its latest development in light of the growing pressure on our borders, especially at sea.

We are here today to tackle a second aspect linked to migration, but as important as the management of migratory flows.

The integration of migrants into our society is a second key element to change the approach we have nowadays toward immigration.

We need to overcome the image of migration flows as a negative and hostile phenomenon and successful examples of integrations will be of great help in achieving this.

Projects like the one you are presenting here today, are key tools in a positive evolution in this sense, and I would like therefore to praise everyone involved because the efforts accomplished through your work can indeed make a huge difference.

You rightfully address mainly the young generations of migrants.

I say rightfully because it is undoubtedly easier for young people to engage in dialogues and activities that are new to them.

They are also the key to better reaching the other generations inside their communities: integrated young people will possess sufficient elements to involve also older generations of  migrants in a dialogue with the rest of society.

The process of inclusion goes beyond mere coexistence; it involves creating environments where every individual, regardless of their background, feels valued and has equal access to opportunities. lnclusion is not just a moral imperative; it is an investment in the future prosperity and cohesion of our societies.

Young migrants, often driven by a thirst for knowledge, resilience, and determination, can be powerful contributors to the communities they join. By providing them with the tools and support the need to thrive, we unlock their potential to become active, engaged citizens who enrich the cultural and economic fabric of their new homes.

The inclusion of young migrants is not merely a social responsibility but an investment in the prosperity, innovation, and resilience of our societies. The European Union, with its rich history of cultural diversity and shared values, has a unique opportunity to lead by example in creating inclusive communities that harness the potential of every individual, regardless of their origin.

Through inclusion, we can transform the challenges of migration into opportunities for growth, understanding, and unity.

I want to thank you therefore once more for having developed and implemented such a project, which will substantially help us, not only improving the narrative around migration and migrants in the European Union, but most importantly, in improving the Iife of young men and women who came here to find a better future.

Thank you

Pina Picierno

Vice President of the European Parliament

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