Integration is impossible.

Building communities with this in mind.

Michael Freer
5 min readMay 8, 2024
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I come from a place where immigrants and their children have contributed massively to making that place what it is, in both good and bad ways of course. I’m British.

I now live in a place where they have had negative net migration for decades. The emigrants have contributed to other countries such as Germany and Ireland, and some are now returning. That number is narrowing though, with more immigrants from Asia and the Balkans moving here, albeit unknown how permanent their moves are, since often they come for seasonal work. I live in Croatia.

Despite the difference in experience, one conversation remains the same — how to integrate people that move from other places, whatever their reasons for doing so. But perhaps, after all, it is impossible.

Experience doesn’t mean knowledge

You’d think after decades of modern migration, the UK would have something set up that works well when it comes to integration. But let’s face it, it’s too late. What should have been done at the very beginning, wasn’t (whatever that is, let me know if you know), and now there are pockets of immigrants and now their children and grandchildren, all over the UK.



Michael Freer

Social enterprise enthusiast, avid traveller and fiction writer.