Oxfam took part in the international conference "Integration of Migrants as a Management Issue: European and Russian Contexts"

On 21-22 September 2017 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the Russian
Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) hosted an international
conference titled “Integration of Migrants as a Management Issue: European and Russian Contexts”. The
conference brought together experts from academia, Russian and international non-for profit
organizations and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and
representatives of the Mission of the European Union to the Russian Federation to discuss various issues
related to modern migration.
Zanobi Tosi of Oxfam took part in the session organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) which focused on successful experiences and challenges of integration of migrants. Among other
topics panellists and participants of the session discussed various approaches to integration and the role
of local and international NGOs in management of integration in different contexts. Zanobi Tosi, who
has been working at Oxfam since 2009, elaborated on the experience of Oxfam in integration of
migrants into Italian society. According to Zanobi, “Every asylum seeker is considered a future citizen.
The purpose of the asylum support is to ensure that each asylum seeker and international protection
holder obtains the tools to live or move within the country with autonomy and independence and to
become a member of the host community, fully respecting the rules of civil coexistence and the laws of
the country. Ensuring full independence and autonomy means providing comprehensive knowledge of
the language, norms and customs of the host country. Independence and autonomy are the keys to
finding a suitable job and earning enough to live with dignity and realize their full potential.”
The session concluded with a discussion among the panellists and participants featuring representatives
from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Civic
Assistance Committee, Migration XXI Century Foundation, Tong Jahoni and Migration and Law Centre.
The discussion centred around learning from the best practices and failed cases of integration and the
role of non-for profit sector in assisting states with managing integration. Particular attention in the
discussion was paid to obstacles to integration for migrants displaced as a result of armed conflicts and
barriers in access to education for children in the host societies.

It was a pleasure for Oxfam to take part in the conference because it provided an opportunity for a
dialogue between academics, civil society and officials on the topic of integration of migrants in
European and Russian contexts. Oxfam is running a global campaign which focuses on the issues of
migration and displacement worldwide.
For more information, please contact Victoria Stetsko vstetsko@oxfam.org.uk
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