Human rights aspects of immigrant and refugee integration policies

This issue paper is prepared with a view to supporting Council of Europe member states in designing and implementing integration policies which guarantee the human rights and fundamental freedoms of immigrants and refugees in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. It provides information on the application of the human rights standards of the Council of Europe and the legal standards of the European Union in the field of integration of immigrants and refugees. It analyses the human rights dimensions of integration policies in 11 Council of Europe member states which were selected on the basis of a combination of criteria including the high numbers of immigrants and refugees, the diversity of integration policies as well as geographical balance. The issue paper examines in particular how the enjoyment of the right to respect for private and family life and the security of residence of immigrants and refugees facilitate and improve integration policies. Through collecting and analysing information in a comparative approach the issue paper serves as a good tool for identifying good integration practices. 

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