MPI has convened a task force to promote thoughtful immigration policies and assess and respond to the profound challenges of integrating immigrants and building stronger communities on both sides of the Atlantic. It addresses its recommendations to European Union institutions and Member State governments, the governments of the United States and Canada, and state and local governments and civil society everywhere.
The Task Force is composed of the following senior figures:
- Lamar Alexander, US Senator, Tennessee, and former US Secretary of Education;
- Xavier Becerra, US Congressman, Los Angeles, California;
- Mel Cappe, President of the Institute of Research on Public Policy, Montreal, and formerly Canada’s top public servant (clerk of the Privy Council) and ambassador to the UK;
- Bill Emmott, former Editor of The Economist;
- Halleh Ghorashi, Chair of Diversity, University of Amsterdam;
- Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna;
- Aleksandr Kwasniewski,* former President of Poland;
- Ana Palacio, Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, World Bank and former Foreign Minister of Spain;
- George Papandreou,* former Foreign Minister of Greece and current leader of the Socialist party (PASOK);
- Solomon Passy, former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria;
- Trevor Phillips, Chair, United Kingdom Commission for Equality and Human Rights;
- Louis Schweitzer, Chairman of Renault;
- Rita Süssmuth,* former President of the German Bundestag (Parliament); and
- Antonio Vitorino,* former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs.
* Founding members
In its initial stages, the Task Force is focusing its work on creating greater openings to legal migration, as well as on education, workplace integration, and the political and civic participation of immigrants. Special attention is being paid to the descendants of immigrants and to the role of religion and gender in integration.
MPI's co-convener and principal partner in the project is Germany’s Bertelsmann Stiftung, although the Task Force also is receiving substantial support from the Luso-American Foundation, an MPI strategic partner in parts of its European work; the Niarchos Foundation; the Hellenic Institute for Migration Policy; the Government of Canada; the Government of the Netherlands; and other funders.