Townlab_MEET: International Dialogue on the Reception, Integration and the Rights of Refugees
The Townlab_MEET conference in Speyer set a focus on the reception conditions and integration requirements for asylum seekers and refugees in the states that are involved in the program. EU law has set minimum standards in the directive 2013/33/EC and 2011/95/EC. National law provisions, however, differ due to broad discretion, especially regarding the social rights of asylum seekers and migrants. By comparing the different schemes in national law, the conference aimed at identifying factors that foster or hinder integration of refugees and asylum seekers. In three workshops, experiences and practices of labour market integration, integration courses and refugee management were to be exchanged in order to prepare the Townlab_MEET position paper.