The European Commission on July 20 adopted a European agenda calling for the full participation of migrants in society and pledged to “do more” to help local authorities integrate foreign nationals. “Successful integration implies that migrants are given the opportunity to participate fully in their new communities,” said Cecilia Malmstrom, European commissioner for home affairs. “Learning the language, getting access to employment and education and having the socioeconomic capacity to support themselves are crucial elements for a successful integration. To date, integration of migrants in Europe has not been very successful. “We must all do more – for the sake of the people coming here.”A breakdown of the population by citizenship in 2010 shows there were 20.1 million foreigners living in the EU (4 percent of the total population).The commission’s new agenda comes seven years after the European Council adopted the Common Basic Principles for Immigrant Integration Policy in the European Union, a framework concerning integration. Five years ago, the commission launched the European Web Site on Integration, which has, so far, published three editions of the Handbook on Integration for policymakers.