Created in 1999 in Roubaix, ADICE works on the promotion and socio-professional inclusion of people with fewer opportunities through international activities of training, engagement and mobility.
Each year ADICE supports around 400 people facing discrimination (people in priority quarters, unemployed people, people with migration background) to facilitate their professional inclusion. ADICE has developed various methods and tools (pedagogical scheme, skills portfolio, online platform).
ADICE cooperates with regional agencies who support high numbers of refugees e.g. DRGSCS (OP3) who through initiatives eg CHRS host 3000refugees, CIMADE support 3500 refugees and ABEJ shelter over 5000 persons. Plus CASNAV (OP10) who work with 5000 refugee pupils per year.
The municipality is responsible for the integration of refugees in the region.
It has years of experience with labour participation of refugees and has developed a knowledge of an integrated approach: offering housing in combination with activities and schooling for both low, middle and high educated refugees, something which makes youths better prepared for entry to the job market.
It has strong connections with Vluchtelingen werk Zuid West Nederland who have supported 6,000 refugees, many from the Middle East since 2011.
It has identified self-employment as a new economic opportunity and will build upon its networks and relationship for the project. The city has a communications department which will be engaged in WP4.
An open knowledge centre in the heart of the city of Roeselare, ARhus aspires to connect, innovate and stimulate entrepreneurship.
We are widely used by all layers of the population and accepted as a neutral and inclusive meeting ground. We actively contribute to the integration of refugees and immigrants in the local community and joined forces with relevant partners with this respect.
ARhus is strongly connected with several important stakeholders in the region, such as the hospital AZ Delta and a whole range of companies. Educational partners are important for us as well.
We have recently developed a new format of collaboration with schools. Our goal is to activate projects between schools and other partners from our vast network in order to facilitate new forms of learning.
Learning Shop West Flanders
LeerWinkel West-Vlaanderen provides information and orientation about courses/trainings/education for adults.
Their target group are adults (18+) searching for training in Flanders. Leerwinkel also provides individual / group counselling in determining the study, and addressing potential barriers.
Leerwinkel organises workshops about the education system in Flanders, but also learn to learn, specific for people from other countries. Leerwinkel also has an expertise in the procedure for recognition of foreign degrees.
Leerwinkel has a lot of refugees in their target group and on the other hand has a large network amongst schools and organisations offering education. There’s a close collaboration with the unemployment office, welfare organisations and the integration office.
University of Greenwich
UOG has been developing entrepreneurship programmes, supporting new 1500 student business idea generation and 150 start-ups since 2010.
In 2014 it started a Social Enterprise Challenge to include new types of business ideas broadening the reach. In 2015, UOG expanded the enterprise challenge to attract student entrepreneurs from England, France and The Netherlands.
The UOG 2017-20 strategy has enterprise at the heart of its growth plans.
VIVES University College
VIVES University College is a higher education institute, with experience in innovative practical research, and offering services to society.
In the education programs the university college ensures that its students contribute to the globalised world both as human beings and as professionals.
Vives University College works closely together with the local and regional “enterprises” and organisations. Using applied research VIVES wants to provide answers on current needs from local organisations and SME's.
VIVES has several Centers of Excellence and research groups. Our goal is to develop practice oriented research, in a collaborative way, in an either regional, national or international context.
Our competencies and experiences working with migrants communities include, providing language lessons, tackling employment issues, engagement, culture and education.
We have worked across all generations and one of our strengths is our local knowledge and acceptance by community leaders.
We have created guides for employer’s specific to migrants, a Study on Access to Local Services for migrants and the production of a “Comic Book” with real stories of experiences of migrants in England and France.
We cooperate closely with the South East Council for migration who deal with many of the 8400 refugees and migrants wo have entered the region since 2003. Typically, we deal with 600 refugees per year with an increasing number from Syria.
University College Roosevelt
UCR offers expertise in development and evaluation of educational interventions aimed and fostering civic and social competences of young people in vulnerable communities.
We specialise in seeking resolutions of the global problems at the local level and focus on closing the gap between academia and the civic community with projects involving local communities and institutions of province Zeeland including Zelandic Flanders, e.g. we have a long standing tradition of working with local schools on strengthening (global) civic competences of youth.
UCR researchers and students also engaged in projects involving communities at refugee centres. As a university UCR has a strong communications function which will be engaged in WP4.
City of Mechelen
In Mechelen 30 % of inhabitants has a foreign origin, 1 in 2 children are born in a non-Belgian family. Mechelen has a strong experience in integration of migrants.
Since the end of 2015, Mechelen has developed the M-Power plan for refugees: a first stage is about housing . The second stage focusses on finding a permanent place to live, simultaneously finding work/ working and learn the Dutch language, integrating children into school and supporting parental participation.
A specialised trauma centre offers psychological help and also cooperate with schools and teachers. Citizens are asked to help not only logistically but also in social cohesion projects.
In 2016 Mechelen has won the World Mayor Project for its approach in welcoming refugees and offered them safety, shelter and support.