The “EU Migration Policy Summit: citizen driven innovation for policy design” organized by Hello Europe, an Ashoka initiative, took place in Brussels on June 7th, 2018.
Hello Europe is an Ashoka Hello-Europe initiative that identifies powerful solution to help migrants to scale in Europe. Ashoka has more than 40 years of experiences in social innovation and social entrepreneurship, which they use to help refugees to build a new life in Europe by supporting them in their new life in our countries. “These solutions have the potential to transform the continent and change lives in every country. Our task: to get them there. To achieve this, we launch national accelerators that help identify, support and scale the most innovative and effective citizen sector solutions to the challenges underlying migration, integration and refugee movements”.
The event’s goal was to let persons from different backgrounds meet in order to find new solutions for policy designs in the migration field. EU representatives from the European Commissions (Matthias Oel, director of DG Migration and Home affairs), and from the European Parliament (MEP Carlos Coelho) were actively involved in the event, as well as relevant stakeholders from the private and the no-profit sector, journalists, and successful social entrepreneurs that carry business which have the goal to help migrants. In particular these entrepreneurs were invited to explain their story and what are the successful solutions and tools that must be promoted by the governments and the EU.
Hello Europe has already published a “Portfolio of solution: citizen sector innovation for migration, integration and refugee movements” which gathers best practices of social entrepreneurs that have social business that help the integration and the empowerment of migrants and refugees, and show what policies they would need now.