Working Solutions: Lessons from local communities on integration strategies

June 09, 2009

Learn about Bertelsmann Stiftung’s participatory approach to helping communities structure integration policies and programming that are inclusive and locally focused. The presentation includes an outline of the recent activities of the Transatlantic Council on Migration on the theme of “Learning from the World, ” and introductory remarks from the distinguished Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag, reknowned for her contribution to the migration field.

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Prof. Rita Süssmuth, Dr. Dr. h.c.mult
former President of the German Bundestag (1988-1998)

Rita Süssmuth is former President of the German Bundestag (1988-1998), former Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Women, Youth and Health, and former Chair of Germany’s Independent Council of Experts on Migration and Integration. Prof. Süssmuth is renowned as an international expert on migration and integration and for her international comparative educational research. Her distinguished political and academic career includes: Global Commission on International Migration (UN), former Chair of the EU High Level Group on ‘Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and Their Full Participation in the Labor Market; OECD Development Center Project ‘Gaining from Migration’ Advisory Board; chair of ‘Independent Commission on Migration to Germany’; and former vice-president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Prof. Süssmuth has been the President of SRH Berlin University since 2005; former academic posi in addition to former posts as Director of the Research Institute “Woman and Society” and Professor, International Comparative Educational Science, Universities of Bochum and Dortmund.

Claudia Walther, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh (Germany)
Claudia Walther is Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation with the Programme Integration and Education, responsible for Integration and Local Communities. Claudia direct’s Bertelsmann’s Integration Workshops for Communities project, and has participated in the development of the superb web resources, and Claudia joined the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2001 with a special focus on local governance issues.

Prior to joining Bertelsmann, Claudia worked with EUREGIO Maas-Rhein, a European Region connecting Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, where she led a project on migrants and border crossing in Aachen. From 1994 to 1996, Claudia worked on youth-related projects for an international NGO in Vienna, and from 1993-1994 she worked in a federal Ministry of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Claudia s interest in politics is ongoing; she is involved in various local political activities on a voluntary basis. Claudia Walther studied political science in Aachen, Germany, where she completed her Magister Artium.

Christal Morehouse, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh (Germany)
Dr. Claudia Walther is Program Manager for the Bertelsmann Stiftung in the field of migration and integration. She is responsible for managing the Stiftung’s integration programs at the European and Transatlantic level.

From January to December 2006 she was the Head of Office for Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, the former President of the German Bundestag. Christal has also conducted research for the Global Commission on International Migration (2005) and participated in the German Independent Council of Experts on Migration and Integration in Berlin (2003-2004). Christal has advised various European and American multinational institutions on policy matters. She was among the experts whose advice on integration issues was sought by the German EU Presidency in 2007. In 2004 she was a consultant to the Organization of American States for anti-trafficking research in Europe. Christal has published widely in the area of integration, migration and citizenship policy; most recently on Combating Human Trafficking Policy: Gaps and Hidden Political Agendas in the United States and Germany (2009).


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