What is the importance of integration

Definition of migration / integration

In a general understanding, integration means the integration into a whole, the production of a unit from individual elements or the ability of a unit to maintain the cohesion of the sub-elements on the basis of common values ​​and norms. In science there is no consensus on the concept of integration, integration is understood either as a process, as a function or as a goal and is differentiated from terms such as separation, assimilation or conflict.

In relation to social coexistence, integration means that culturally and otherwise different people and groups in a society live together on an equal footing. In this context, integration policy has the task of creating a framework for integration, i.e. addressing questions of equal legal treatment, promoting the reduction of discrimination, promoting and supporting mutual acceptance and recognition.

Integration in Germany takes place against the background that about 20 percent of the population have a migration backgroundand are either immigrants themselves or children or grandchildren of immigrants. The public debates on migration and integration, which have intensified in recent years in particular, fail to recognize that both migration and integration are centuries-old phenomena and occur in practically every society.

Integration takes place very differently and depends not least on the political, socio-economic, cultural or religious dimensions of the immigrants. Integration does not mean that a person or group has to assimilate and give up their cultural origin and identity, which is expressed e.g. through language, religion or traditions. The process of integration consists of rapprochement, mutual discussion and communication, finding similarities and differences and assuming joint responsibility on both sides.

Source: Integration in Germany - Federal Commissioner for Foreigners