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    For the year 2016 the Vision Europe initiative will deliver evidence-based policy recommendations on how to improve the response to the crisis of refugees and migrants in Europe.

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Working together for Europe

Vision Europe is a consortium of think tanks and foundations collaborating to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe. Through research, publications and an annual summit, Vision Europe aims to be a forum for debate and a source of recommendations to improve evidence-based policy-making at both a national and EU level and to foster as appropriate European integration.

The Convening Partners are Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh, Germany), Bruegel (Brussels, Belgium), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal), Chatham House (London, UK), Compagnia di San Paolo (Torino, Italy), Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute (Paris, France),  CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research (Warsaw, Poland) and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (Helsinki, Finland).

Response to the refugee crisis

In 2016, the Vision Europe initiative has delivered evidence-based policy recommendations on how to improve the response to the crisis of refugees and migrants in Europe.

The Vision Europe partners have agreed that a new approach to the migration situation is necessary. Action should be at all levels: global, European, national and local. The declaration, based on four strategic directions and four main axes of policy recommendations, is available here.

Strategic directions:

1. Create political will to develop a forwardlooking EU strategy on migration.
2. Develop coherent and fair mechanisms for better managing migration flows.
3. Promote work and education focused integration that strengthens social belonging.
4. Mobilise the whole of society to promote inclusivity.

The declaration was presented on the 21st and 22nd of November in Lisbon at the second edition of the Vision Europe Summit. During two days, specialists and experts from all over the world debated and shared ideas on the VES 2016 theme: the migrant and refugee crisis, with the policy papers "Improving the Responses to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe" as the main starting point.

To this end, four working groups were established, whose research focused on the following topics:

  • From conflict to balance: building a common basis for a social and political consensus on the reception, hosting and integration of migrants and refugees in the European Union Member States. (Finnish participants Sirkku Varjonen and Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo, Sitra)
  • From reaction to pro-activity: developing mechanisms for quick and effective action to enable an effective response to large and unforeseen flows of migrants and refugees. (Finnish participants: Marikki Sthochetti, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Justin Cook, Sitra)
  • From fragmentation to integration: receiving migrants and refugees with the ultimate goal to achieve the full integration of all those who seek it. (Finnish participants: Pasi Saukkonen, Helsinki Region Infoshare and Jenna Lähdemäki, Sitra)
  • We will also conduct a survey on the obstacles facing migrants entering the European Union.

Topic of 2015: the future of the welfare state

In 2015 we commonly work on "the future of the welfare state", developing innovative policy recommendations on how to ensure the long-term sustainability of national welfare systems. The first annual Vision Europe Summit took place in Berlin 17 and 18 November, 2015. The first common publication of the consortium - Redesigning European welfare states – Ways forward - was published at the Summit.

At the occasion of the summit, leaders from the seven think tanks and foundations convening the Vision Europe Summit and from one associated think tank (CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research) also signed a conference declaration.

The declaration Redesigning European welfare states: A time for action emphasises the urgency to act now if we are to guarantee viable welfare states in the future. Welfare states are a defining feature of Europe, but reforms will be necessary both at national and at EU-level. The following aspects are seen as crucial and included in the declaration.

  1. From risk-sharing to risk-avoidance
  2. From welfare state to welfare societies
  3. Tackling inequality to create a virtuous cycle
  4. Reconcile intergenerational equity with sustainability
  5. Tear down obstacles to labour market integration
  6. Renew welfare state governance through greater policy integration
  7. Clarify the role of the EU and make its actions complementary to national welfare policies

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Article From fragmentation to integration – case Finland

The Finnish integration policy has received much credit in international comparisons. Nevertheless, everything might not be as fine as it seems at the first glance, writes Professor Pasi Saukkonen. When immigration to Finland started to grow in the early 1990s, public authorities soon recognized the need for action. The first law related to integration services and their organization came...

3 months ago by Pasi Saukkonen

Publication From fragmentation to integration

The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the situation regarding immigrant integration in Finland. Following the proposed outline for the background paper for Working Group 3, presentation is divided into three sections. After the introduction, Pasi Saukkonen will first identify certain areas where Finnish integration policy has met challenges. Then he will analyse some emerging needs...

Pasi Saukkonen

Publication Governing the welfare state and beyond

In an environment with ever-increasing interdependence, volatility and complexity, European welfare states face unprecedented problems on multiple levels and have seemingly become prisoners of the successful "industrial age" governance model. Today, old-style governance approaches no longer meet the needs of societies. Thus, the authors of this paper suggest alternative governance approaches for...

Eeva Hellström, Mikko Kosonen

Publication Governing the welfare state and beyond

In an environment with ever-increasing interdependence, volatility and complexity, European welfare states face unprecedented problems on multiple levels and have seemingly become prisoners of the successful "industrial age" governance model. Today, old-style governance approaches no longer meet the needs of societies. Thus, the authors of this paper suggest alternative governance approaches for...

Eeva Hellström, Mikko Kosonen


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