Migrant Integration is defined as the process of economic mobility and social inclusion of newcomers and their children. In Europe, active policies are encouraged to enforce integration at country, city and community level, with the aim to hopefully build communities that are stronger economically and more inclusive socially and culturally. On the other side, unsuccesful integration can lead to inner separated societies and marginalized individuals. Artificial Intelligence can play an important role on both understanding and managing the complexity of these issues.
We therefore encourage contributions focusing on, but not limited to:
- Logistics: ensure quick reaction by arrival for migrants, efficient processing of applications, distribution between migration centres
- Policy: understand the social dynamics that emerge from the refugee crisis
- Orientation: migrant learn their new city – what is expected from them, what they can do there; what documents, products and services they need, how to get them
- Language and culture: understand and be understood: basic language support, train language skills, engage with native speakers, translation, enhance social workers’ multicultural competences
- Social support: migrants have contacts with peers, learn to know their new neighbours, stay in touch with contacts in homeland; support to social networks across language interaction, security and privacy of contacts with homeland (censorship, persecution,…)
- Legal support: navigate migration laws, semi-automatic visa application.
- Public opinion: manage the public debate on migrant integration in such a way to increase awareness and empathy while avoiding polarization