Social Cohesion

Policy Conference in Singapore, 3-4 November, 2014

On 3-4 November, 2014, the EU-Asia Dialogue in cooperation with the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, held a conference on ‘Addressing Social Cohesion and Effects of Migrants’ Integration in Europe and Asia’ in Singapore. A total of 166 people participated in the event and speakers came from the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Cambodia; Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Germany; Commission on Filipinos Overseas; Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Poland; Ministry of Employment, Sweden; OECD Development Centre; UN-ESCAP; Asian Development Bank; Singapore National Employers’ Federation; ASEAN CSR Network; European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions; European Trade Union Institute, among others. In addition researchers from Belgium, India, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, and Vietnam made remarks. At the beginning speakers from both regions explained the different understandings of the concepts social inclusion, social capital and social mobility. While the state has to provide the framework for social cohesion, it was emphasized that much of the work on the ground is done by non-governmental actors from the civil-society, trade unions or business sector through corporate social responsibility. Another focus area of the discussion was the impact migration and integration has on social cohesion.

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