Welcomeship! Building inclusive communities through community-based entrepreneurship
The recent increase in negative attitudes towards immigration in European countries and xenophobia and hate speech enter public discourse has put the fundamental values of the European Union, such as respect for human dignity, equality, solidarity and freedom, on a proof. The challenges of integrating newcomers in local communities and in society are real, however, seeing migrants and refugees as a potential and not a threat is essential to build on their assets, their added value and new opportunities they can be part of. Europe has always been multicultural and it is clear that we will live in an increasing multicultural setting in the future. The policies of how to manage diversity to support the potential of people of all backgrounds, specifically young migrants and refugees, will determine the future of Europe. The project „Welcomeship – Building inclusive communities through community-based entrepreneurship” addresses these questions.
The project strives to involve policy makers in discussion and designing more inclusive policies for young migrants and refugees across Europe, in particular in the field of entrepreneurship. The Welcomeship project is multi-dimensional and based on non-formal learning methods. Project’s target groups are young people with fewer opportunities, including local youth, migrants and refugees; youth workers, community stakeholders and policy makers. In the course of the project, young people will gain entrepreneurial skills, build their confidence and become more integrated and engaged in their communities; youth workers will become competent trainers and community oriented professionals with a high skill level in entrepreneurship teaching for the specific target group; partner organizations become engines of inclusion within their community and community stakeholders and policy makers will be involved in the project activities to design and support more inclusive policies at local as well as regional and international level.