Migration and integration: What does being European mean in 2020?
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People leave their home countries for all kinds of valid reasons: they want to study elsewhere, they are persecuted, they get an important job offer, their country is in war or they fall in love with someone of a different nationality or living elsewhere. As the world is becoming more interconnected, people may be moving more than ever before. European societies are becoming increasingly diverse with first, second and third generation migrants from European and non-European countries.
How do we foster a common sense of being European through policies and programmes which will facilitate intercultural friendships, marriages and children beyond the existing communities?
Is it even necessary to have common values in order to share an identity with someone?