UNITEE: HOMO FABER – The varied benefits of migrant entrepreneurship in Europe
The EU has been engulfed, in the past years, into a series of crises that have put into question its survival itself: from the economic crisis, to the migration crisis, up to a widening gap between the North and the South, Europe is going through a deep rethinking of its identity and political situation.
This roundtable discussion covers how, in all this, migrant entrepreneurship has slowly started to be acknowledged as a potential solution at different levels. Indeed, migrant entrepreneurship not only is an instrument of economic growth, in as much as it created new jobs; it also provides a powerful vector of social and economic integration for individuals who would otherwise remain at the margins of society. Furthermore, diversity can foster increased innovation, as research has shown in numerous occasions. Finally, it contributes to reduce the impact of migration and the cost of integration into European society.
17:00 Gathering in front of the European Parliament (Place Luxembourg entrance)
17:15 Entering the European Parliament
17:30-17:40 Opening remarks by Tom Vandenkendelaere MEP (EPP, Belgium)
17:40- 18:30 – Conference with the following speakers:
Panagiotis Gkofas, EESC and Avignon Academy
Helene Dage, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Grow, European Commission, Clusters
Adem Kumcu, President of UNITEE
Representative from the IOM EU office (tbc)
18:30 – 18:40 Q&A and Closing remarks
The conference will be moderated by Giovanni Collot, Editor-in-chief of The New European magazine, and will be followed by a reception.
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