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Webinar: The Next Frontier in Immigrant Integration Policy? Using Behavioral Insights to Foster Social Cohesion

Upcoming Event

October 16, 2018

MPI Europe Webinar


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

16:30 CEST / 15:30 BST / 10:30 A.M. ET 


MPI Europe Webinar


Will Somerville, UK Programme Director, Unbound Philanthropy; UK Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

Antonio Silva, Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

Meghan Benton, Senior Policy Analyst; Assistant Director for Research, International Programme, Migration Policy Institute

Can tiny tweaks in how public policy is designed and how services work really “nudge” us to become better citizens? An increasing number of governments think so. Policymakers have used behavioral insights—an interdisciplinary, research-based approach to policy design grounded in understanding how people make choices in practice—to great effect to inspire people to become organ donors, encourage them to pay their taxes on time, and more. 

But while behavioral insights have been adopted in everything from education to health policy, their application in the field of immigrant integration has so far been limited. Could this method be used to promote social mixing and reduce inequality between those with and without a migrant background? Emerging experimental and real-world evidence suggests a range of ways a behavioral lens could to help policymakers reach their integration goals, from fostering open-mindedness among young people and reducing classroom segregation to encouraging immigrants to become citizens. 

Join us for this webinar to explore what untapped potential behavioral insights may hold for integration policy, and how policymakers can start fitting this approach into their work. This webinar marks the release of a new Migration Policy Institute Europe-Behavioural Insights Team report, Applying Behavioural Insights to Support Immigrant Integration and Social Cohesion, produced under the framework of MPI Europe's Integration Futures Working Group. 

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