Project Summary

An important lesson of successful projects to integrate recognised refugees into society and the local labour is that we need a reciprocal process, where both recognised refugees and the citizens of the receiving countries adjust to the new situation the same way and co-frame a new living environment together. Integration should not solely be driven by labour market shortage, but also consider the identification and proper usage of recognised refugees’ own and specific skills and talents, like specific skills in for instance crafts and arts. The proposed project focusses on the labour market integration of recognised refugees by setting up own businesses. To overcome the fact that often immigrant entrepreneurship is necessity-driven, being just a way out of unemployment and pushing entrepreneurial activities refuges don’t identify with, we need more opportunity-driven immigrant entrepreneurships. In this project, these opportunities for immigrant businesses will be worked out in a co-creative way, unfolding their potential in Transformational Immigrant Entrepreneurship Hubs, which are both a physical and a virtual meeting place for all stakeholders in immigrant business (local civil society, local economy and intermediaries like banks, and municipalities). For all these groups the spots/hubs will provide (a) guidance, (b) co-operation/connection, (c) identification of refugees’ skills and potentials, (d) recognition of local demand, (e) matching, (f) training. For the training digital approaches will be used as a transnational tool, as well as a pool of good practice exchange from within and NWE regions. Each partner region will concentrate on a future sectors and future trends to foster social and societal innovations. Possible sectors and kinds of entrepreneurial activities could be (a) circular economy and entrepreneurship/sustainability, (b) digital entrepreneurship, (c) creative entrepreneurship, (d) handcraft entrepreneurship etc.
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Institute for Work and Technology, Westphalian University

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