Striving Towards an Active Local Information and Communication Strategy within the Context of the European Migration Policy


  • Anja Van den Durpel Head of the Integration Service City of Ghent


migration policy, anti-discrimination, Fundamental Human Rights, local authority, active information and communication strategy


European migration law combines equal treatment within Europe and unequal treatment at the borders, while local migration policy aims at social inclusion, acceptance of diversity and equality. This paradox sets a challenge for the implementation of a local anti-discrimination policy.

Good governance and policy must be based on solid knowledge about the phenomena to which they relate. Action to implement migration policy at local level has to start from Fundamental Human Rights. This requires focus on the importance and the power of language.