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Conference - Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion: Welcoming remarks, Opening Speech, & Panel session “How the field has matured: A progress report, one year on”

Posted by migrationpolicy on December 15th, 2017

Following the arrival of large numbers of migrants and asylum seekers in Europe from 2015 onwards, many non-traditional actors—from tech start-ups to social enterprises—have pioneered innovative solutions to foster the social and economic inclusion of newcomers. In the context of this experimentation, business has played a fundamental role, with companies on both sides of the Atlantic leveraging their potential as employers, donors, and partners in innovative alliances. This two-day conference reflected on how innovative initiatives for refugee inclusion can grow beyond pockets of good practice and inspire large-scale, long-term change. The event brought together a diverse group of public officials, business leaders, service designers, social entrepreneurs, civil society organisations, and refugee initiatives from Europe, the United States, and Canada.

This recording includes:

  • Welcoming remarks from:

    • Adam Shub, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Mission to the EU
    • Daniel J. Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the EU
    • Elizabeth Collett, Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe
    • Cristian Pirvulescu, President of the Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Opening speech by Yara Al Adib, Design Consultant and Entrepreneur, From Syria with Love, Belgium
  • Panel session: “How the field has matured: A progress report, one year on”

    • Chair: Tamim Nashed, Policy Officer on Refugee Inclusion, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
    • Eric Young, The Social Projects Studio/Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson University, Canada
    • Luisa Seiler, Co-founder and Director, SINGA Deutschland, Germany
    • Mireia Nadal Chiva, Head of Community Development, ReDI School for Digital Integration, Germany