BPE Makes Recommendation For Establishment Of ODIHR Group To Look At Barriers To Successful Integration Of Minorities
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INTERVENTION BY BURGERBEWEGUNG PAX EUROPA
OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Working Session 1
Fundamental Freedoms I
Preventing aggressive nationalism
Warsaw, September 23, 2013
National Minorities – Integration
It is important to point out the practices that support effective integration of national minorities. To this end, I would like to mention Austria’s inclusive policy of providing access to goods and services such as extensive language course financed by the taxpayer – provided to its national minorities, newly arrived immigrants, and others.
However, despite all the financial support extended, certain groups display a persistent inability to integrate into the host society.
In addition to tax money, numerous other policies are in place to promote successful integration. The question thus remains: why do certain national minorities find integration so challenging?
We therefor recommend to ODIHR that a working group be established tasked with understanding what additional reasons, e.g. cultural and religious reasons, there might be for the lack of successful integration.