EU Migration Policy Summit

EU Migration Policy Summit
Citizen Driven Innovation for Policy Design

June 7, 2018
9-18h (optional finger food 18-19:30)
Ateliers des Tanneurs
Rue des Tanneurs 60A, Brussels

Globally, the Citizen Sector has produced a number of highly impactful, proven and scalable solutions that pave a way forward for addressing issues emerging from current migratory and refugee movements. Still, despite their strong evidence base, replicability and scalability, they are often overlooked when designing EU policies, showcasing best practice guidelines or implementing funding mechanisms.

This Summit aims to bring together social entrepreneurs, beneficiaries and EU policy makers to exchange good practices for further co-creation of policies and an improved framework for identifying and supporting successful initiatives. By bringing these two key groups together, we expect new synergies for state and EU-wide policies to emerge that provide a way forward for Europe to become the welcoming, participatory and inclusive community that it aspires to be.

Organized by Ashoka’s Hello Europe Initiative, the conference emerges from trends identified through a network of effective citizen sector solutions that are scaling to and across 6 EU countries through a multi-stakeholder approach, with citizen sector organizations at the center. The Summit’s general framing goes beyond the current EU narrative on migration and refugee situation, dealing both with legal and irregular movements and more importantly addressing the infrastructures needed to be set in place in order to address migrants’ specific needs such as: regularization, access to housing and healthcare, education, employment, inclusion, integration.

Download the conference concept note here.

Download an updated agenda and workshop overview here.

INTRODUCTION

9:00 Welcome and registration
9:30 PERSPECTIVES
CITIZEN SECTOR SOLUTIONS FOR MIGRATION QUESTIONS
Rainer Höll, Ashoka Europe
9:45 KEYNOTE
WHERE EU POLICIES ON MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION ARE HEADED
Carlos Coelho, Member of the European Parliament
10:20 MEET THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS!
5-6 Social Entrepreneurs present their initiative in 5 minutes

CITIZEN SECTOR INSPIRATION FOR POLICY MAKING

11:00 COFFEE BREAK AND TRANSITION TO WORKSHOPS
11:15 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS ON TOPICS – FROM THE CITIZEN SECTOR TO POLICY MAKING
12:45 STANDING LUNCH
Get to know other policy experts, foundations, social entrepreneurs, companies and NGOs over lunch
13:30 PANEL PRESENTATIONS: HOW CITIZEN SECTOR INITIATIVES BECOME POLICY – 3 MODELS
David Lubell, Welcoming International
Pedro Calado, High Commissioner for Migration in Portugal
Daniel Kerber, More Than Shelters

FROM POLICY TO CITIZEN SECTOR

14:30 COFFEE BREAK
5-6 Social Entrepreneurs present their initiative in 5 minutes
15:00 MEET THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS PART 2!
5-6 Social Entrepreneurs present their initiative in 5 minutes
15:30 PARALLEL WORKSHOPSMAKING POLICIES HAPPEN
(including a coffee break)
17:00 CLOSING: WHAT IS THE NEW FRAMEWORK OF CHANGE FOR MIGRATION IN EUROPE?
Key stakeholders recommendations for next steps
Matthias Oel, Director of DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
US Mission to the EU
Kenny Clewett, Director of Hello Europe
18:00 LIGHT COCKTAIL DINNER AND NETWORKING

Download an updated agenda and workshop overview here.

More Than Shelters – Daniel Kerber (Germany)

People who have fled conflict find themselves powerless in unsanitary, dangerous refugee camps. More Than Shelters involves them in creating sustainable solutions and creating dignified spaces where they can plan the next, positive phase of their lives through integrated humanitarian design.

 

IPSO Context – Inge Missmahl (Afghanistan/Germany)

Refugees have frequently fled difficult circumstances and carry significant trauma, exacerbated by the stress of a new country. IPSO offers a new method of mother-tongue, contextualized counselling that helps effectively process these tragedies and integrate culturally.

 

Welcoming International – David Lubell (USA)

They envision a world in which every community actively wel­comes immigrants and refugees, and sees newcomers as essential assets and participants in their society. Working both at municipal and national levels, Welcoming International forms partnerships with different stakeholders in a community and provides them with in­tensive support to develop plans, programs, and policies that transform their communities into inclusive places.

ACAF/Winkomun – Abdoulaye Fall (Spain)

Refugees and migrants are often excluded from the financial structures that allow them to fully integrate into their new community. Self-financed communities (CAFs) provide newcomers with an opportunity to quickly become a resource to others and form part of a community that helps them navigate their new context more effectively.

Ubuntu Academy Rui Marques (Portugal)

Young migrant communities are often stuck in an endless cycle of hopelessly low expectations and insufficient opportunities from generation to generation. This cycle is broken when these young leaders within the community collectively discover their voice and realize their potential to change the world around them.

Migration Ventures (Upwardly Global) – Jane Leu (USA, Germany)

In nearly every country with a large immigrant and refugee community, those arriving who are college-educa­ted wind up unemployed or si­gnificantly underemployed – doctors drive taxis, CEOs work in kitchens. Skills are wasted, which makes adjustment, comfort, and success in a new country more difficult. Upwardly Global has broken this mind-set, by placing over 5,000 migrants and refugees from 169 countries in highly skilled, well-paying jobs in the US. They are spreading their methodologies and framework through Europe now with Migration Ventures.

 

Kiron – Vincent Zimmer (Germany)

Refugees find their lives interrupted in many traumatic ways. For university students arriving in their new home country, there is often a long lapse of time before they can validate their previous studies to complete their degree. Kiron covers this gap by enabling students to continue with their studies as they wait for paperwork to come in and bureaucratic processes to finalise.

 

Singa – Nathanaël Molle (France)

Refugees can positively im­pact their new environments when they are given opportuni­ties. Local business and entrepreneurship has always been a powerful way for refugees to take control of their own careers and integrate into community life. Singa helps connect newcomers with local folks who share similar interests and dreams to help build social capital for refugees and change society’s perception.

Schlau-Schule – Michael Stenger (Germany)

The right to asylum is a humanitarian cornerstone in Germany, but its implementation is generally unsuccessful for underage asylum seekers over 16 years of age. Schlau-Schule is a private school system that is cost efficient and is proving that with the right support, young refugees can acquire the right language and vocational skills in record time to contribute in a meaningful way to society

Please click below to register for this Summit. Due to limited spaces, final participation in the workshops selected will be sent by invitation.

PARTNERS

Hello Europe, initiated and led by Ashoka, is supported by a consortium of European partners including:

It is also supported and hosted by:

More than Shelters

December 22, 2017 Germany
Daniel Kerber (Jordan) www.morethanshelters.org TRANSFORMING REFUGEE...

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University of the People

December 22, 2017 USA
Shai Reshef (UoPeople) www.uopeople.edu FREE ONLINE UNIVERSITY FOR FULL...

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Migration Ventures (Upwardly Global)

December 22, 2017 USA, Germany
Jane Leu (USA) www.upwardlyglobal.org OPPORTUNITIES FOR SKILLED...

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Association of Self-Funded Communities / Winkomun

November 28, 2017 Spain, Germany, Belgium, global
Abdoulaye Fall  (Senegal-Spain) www.winkomun.org SELF-FUNDED COMMUNITIES...

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Welcoming International

November 23, 2017 USA, Germany, New Zealand, UK
David Lubell...

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Failte Isteach (Welcome In)

November 22, 2017 Ireland, UK, Germany
Mary...

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