• MIGRANT INTEGRATION LAB

    "A sustainable solution to a world-wide crisis"

  • THE MISSION

    Migrant Integration Lab – A global device for sustainable integration

     

    First European Network for Migrant & Refugees Entrepreneurship

     

    Migration is a chance for our societies to reach their full potential. Our initiative, Migrant Integration Lab creates the best conditions for people who arrive in Europe to be innovating entrepreneurs, change makers or artists in a position to act and create value and to be a source of innovation for host societies.

     

    We empower migrants and facilitate integration by acquisition and/or development of skills. We enhance capacity-building for migrants by means of training and labs. We develop work insertion and help elaborate livelihood, entrepreneurial, cultural projects. We develop Sustainable learning and Sustainable Communities, as well as Gender Equality.

  • PUBLIC

    Refugees, humanitarian entrants, family reunification cases, skilled migrants, ethnic minorities, marriage migrants, immigrants and temporary foreign workers, refugees, demoralized and disenfranchised groups (reintegration) , unemployed nationals, 2nd & 3rd generation of migrants, newcomers.

     

    Training and Capacity Building//Successfully manage migrant integration: NGO's, Institutions and organizations working on Migrant Integration Issues

  • SUSTAINABILITY

    TOWARDS A TRANSNATIONAL PATERN

     

    Migrant Integration LAB –Transnational pattern

     

    “A welcoming culture is one that contributes by helping migrants, newcomers and their families overcome obstacles in all areas of life while also providing targeted employment and business start-up assistance”.

     

    Our Labs are based on transnational frameworks that are giving policymakers a new lens with which to develop innovative public programs, and public-private partnerships across borders. And because of the economic implications of transnationalism, it provides opportunities for businesses, social entrepreneurs, and governments.

     

     

     

  • WHO WE ARE

    Change Makers//Innovators//Inspirators//Entrepreneurs//Global Sustainable Leaders

    "Migrant Integration Lab" 's FOUNDERS

     

    Laura Petrache is a perfect example of a Global Citizen, a Visionary Entrepreneur & Change Maker.

     

    She believes that a cultural “hybrid identity” is a sustainable key of social development. Laura is cultivation a thriving ecosystem for social innovation and more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive communities. “Trans-nationally, trans-lingually and trans-culturally” are the key words she uses for a “sustainable future”. Laura also strongly believes that creativity drives innovation, innovation drives entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship drives sustained economic growth.


    Key words: Gender Equality//Identity-Civic engagement-Sustainable Communities//Sustainable Learning//Global citizenship& Democratic Values//

    Design Thinking - Innovation – Intercultural Expert//Capacity Building//Sustainable Strategies of Communication//Network aggregator//Inspirator//Mentor//

     

    Yannick Le Guern is a Global Sustainable Leader , Inspiring Entrepreneur & Change Maker: internationally experienced with the ability to turn experience into value-creating opportunities that serve both his organizations and the world. Actively involved in global sustainability, public policy implementation and politics he started his career during, Jospin Government, as high leading technical advisor.

     

    Key words: Leader//Sustainable Strategies//Archetype Communication//Deep thinker //Public Policy Implementation//Entrepreneur -Lecturer-Innovator-Researcher//High Political Adviser//ournalist//Change Maker//Strategy and complexity expert//Network aggregator.

     

     

    "Migrant Integration Lab's" TEAM

     

    We are 50 passionate change makers and our actions are based on collective Intelligence collaborations world wide. We are leading experts in complex project steering, facilitators, event makers, Global Citizenship actors, sparring partners, knowledge generators and providers, intercultural dialoguers, mediators and more. We are a natural partner for public, private and civil society, but also cultural-oriented organizations, nationally and internationally.

     

    We bring together diverse stakeholders that represent refugee communities, academic institutions, private and state institutions, entrepreneurs and investors who are co-creating an enabling environment to develop tangible and sustainable solutions, responding to the multidimensional challenges of migrant crisis, helping in effect to build inclusive communities.

     

    Strenghts : Policy analysis,monitoring and evaluation of human security issues//Capacity building//International cooperation//Training Material development//Training session delivery// Leading Experts in community-based and community demand driven projects//Ability to work and communicate in a multi-sector team and across cultural and gender//Identifying, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development projects and program in collaboration with local, national and international partners// Work closely with stakeholders to empower environment them through identifying existing skills, strengths and abilities and develop resilience//Use the Sustainable Livelihoods approach to support and encourage beneficiaries to maximize their existing strengths and develop new skills//Support beneficiaries to undertake livelihood development opportunities and provide intensive personal support individually and in group settings//Coordinate training program to improve livelihood on behalf of needy communities including women and youth//CSR founds//Innovation//Social Etrepreneurship//Mentoring//Inclusion

     

  • Matching of mentors and mentees

    A factor of Success

     

    We strongly believe that mentors are crucial to business success. A mentor who has experienced the highs and lows of running a business is in the perfect position to give positive and soothing words of advice to you when things refuse to go your way.

     

    And not only do they have the right words to share, they would also have ideas to help you navigate your way to success. Enduring the consequences of failure on your own can set you back and impact your productivity. In hard times, having a mentor will help you keep your head high.

     

    Your chances of success in life and in business can be amplified by having the right mentor. The valuable connections, timely advice, occasional checks -- together with the leading guidance you will gain from having our mentorship -- will literarily leapfrog you to success. Since they are already invested in your success, it only makes sense for them to let you tap into their network of people when the need arises.

     

    Benefits for mentees

    • Professional success

    • Development of potentials
    • Personality development
    • Occupational orientation
    • Change of perspective
    • Motivation & Self-confidence
    • Networking in the world of entrepreneurship & work
    • Reality check
    • Know-how transfer
    • Exchange of experience

    • Conflict management and coping with criticism

    • Communication

     

    Benefits for mentors

    Development of communication and coaching skills
    • Intercultural experience
    • Change of perspective
    • Intensified self-reflection
    • Added know-how about the entreprenurial & labour market
    • Extension of personal network

    • Extension of development record
    • Meeting other mentors

    •Recognition as a subject matter expert and leader

    •Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches

    •Development of their personal leadership and coaching styles

    •Opportunity to reflect on their own goals and practices

    Benefits for the companies


    • Promotion of internationalisation
    • Diversity effects (diversity as an opportunity)
    • Active support for future employees
    • Access to qualified labour
    • Contribution to corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    • Positioning as a responsible employer
    • Employer branding/marketing
    • Information about migrants as a target group for the company

    Benefits for the society

    • Intercultural dialogue
    • Conflict prevention
    • Contribution to economic development
    • Making potentials visible

    • The revitalisation of declining communities

    • A vibrant, cohesive society

    • Increased productivity and a robust economy

    • Global Competitiveness

    • Stronger communities with the ability to meet wide-ranging needs

    • Address racial, ethnic, and economic diversity

     

     

     

  • LABS

    Sustainable Integration//Operational Labs

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAB

    Migrants' Projects and Social Innovation

    The Entrepreneurship LAB has the objective of helping migrants, especially the younger ones and women, to establish their own businesses, through the development of a scheme supplying with information, training and support.

    The first necessary step is mapping the skills, experiences and aspirations of migrants, in particular of those newly arriving.

    Those who have the potential for, and interest in self-employment can be identified, while the others can be directed to other occupations depending on their profiles. The beneficiaries of the Lab are migrants aiming to start a business, migrants and natives who will find employment opportunities in such businesses. We truly believe that Migrant entrepreneurs are taking risks, generating ideas, and exploring the possibilities of converting them into innovations.

     

    They can play a positive role in the economic and social development of the country they live in. The success of migrant entrepreneurs is due to their diverse networks, social resilience, economic resourcefulness and business creativity.

    MEDIA LAB

    Media Skills and capacity building

    The Media LAB project aims to strengthen the capacity of migrant voices by building practical media skills and supporting migrants’ participation in the public debate.

    By implementing this type of Labs we are building improved social cohesion and wider solidarity so that people work together towards a shared future. We are cultivating a thriving ecosystem for social innovation and creating sustainable communities.

    We break down negative stereotypes and improve public perception of migrants and ethnic minorities and the phenomenon of migration by creating strong and long-lasting basis for interaction and dialogue between migrants and members of receiving communities.

     

    The Lab provides training session in using social media, producing videos, writing articles and blog posts, as well as conducting interviews and practicing interview skills. We also organize discussions on current policy developments and further opportunities for public engagement, to ensure that our media work always ties into the wider context of the migration debate in France.

    ART LAB

    Public Domain and Arts

    The Migrant Art Lab is dedicated to bringing diverse forms of artistic expression by migrants and artists into the public domain.

     

    Through collaborative, cross-cultural projects using the universally comprehensible medium of art, we aim to strengthen and enrich the co-creation of human communities and foster long-term organic integration. Our Lab aims to facilitate the inclusion of artistic expression of migrants (new and old) into wider society and the public space. Furthermore, through these happenings and intra-actions, we aim to co-create new approaches to migration and embracing difference in society.

    Integration is a concept that has become a buzzword, and its meaning is interpreted in many different ways. Migrants and Artists Art Lab understands integration as a dynamic process involving two or more parties that work together to make a cohesive, balanced and harmonious whole.
    We are contributing to making human communities successful and sustainable while organically embracing diversity.

    SUSTAIN- ABILITY LAB

    NGO's, Migrant Facilitators, Organizations & Institutions

    Our outreach efforts are aimed at working directly with nonprofit organizations, institutions and migrant facilitators, to aid in their maturation of programs and expansion of their reach and impact.Participatory and Interactive Lab.

     

    The training within our LAB will cover the issues as: sustainable economic migrant integration, entrepreneurial state of mind, good practices exchange and building network , labor migrant integration and mentorship tools, job matching and placement services, self-employment and entrepreneurship among refugees, civil and cultural integration of migrants/refugees, intercultural management, citizenship issues, communication, transnational frameworks, economic growth, sustainabale communities, etc.We help decoding cultural differences that may be impacting your activities and help developing sustainable strategies for dealing with those differences. Our Lab is designed to provide a highly practical perspective: how to lead in a complex, multicultural environment and ensure sustainable solutions while providing integration services. Participants leave the Lab with a deep understanding of, and actionable plans on : Successfully manage migrant integration by design thinking approaches and entrepreneurial schemes

    MIGRATION LAB

    Collective Experience//Migration benefiting to all actors

    International migration­ offer significant development ­opportunities for origin and receiving societies as well as for the migrants themselves. At the same time there are also risks, especially if migration is not properly managed.

     

    The Migration Lab brings together international thought leaders from different sectors to enable new perspectives and to facilitate the co-creation of ideas and innovative practices guided by acting together across sectors so that migration could be beneficial for all actors in society.

     

    The Migration Lab is based on the understanding that the collective experience from diverse perspectives is needed in order to comprehensively work towards a migration that benefits all. Building on this understanding, this multi-stakeholder dialogue process makes space for new perspectives, enables mutual understanding and builds bridges beyond institutionally and sector-specifically defined responses. It aims at providing opportunities to explore critical challenges and stakeholder relations in the field of migration and development, allowing for a new and systemic understanding of the field.

     

    The Migration Lab will foster profound reflection, expe­rien­tial learning, and tangible action to empower participants to significantly further their work and that of their home organizations. It will provide a space for dialogue, experimentation and collaboration aiming at 7 key objectives:

     

    • Engage critically with the challenges and potentials of ensuring that migration is beneficial for all actors in society

    • Bring diverse interests in the migration system into dialogue and support a better understanding of mutual perspectives

    • Encourage cross-sectoral collaboration and new forms of cooperation on concrete change initiatives tackling critical issues in the field

    • Foster a global network of "sustainale change" agents

    • Impact upon national and global discourses on migration

    • Enable sustainable solutions and collaborative migration Practices

    • Raise awarness on sustainable practices of migrant integration

     

  • PROJECTS

    BEYOND BORDERS COOPERATION

    LATEST: SUSTAINABLE LEARNING

     

    THE YOUNG & WILD LAB

     

    The reason that motivates our Lab project is the fact that in many member states, many young migrants and youth who need special attention are not doing well in the education system. This poses a great and serious challenge to EU education systems. Most research as well as everyday evidence confirms the general impression of the existence of a general mismatch between the media culture of young people in the new generations and the classroom didactics, the traditional way of organizing education in EU throughout centuries. Moreover, much evidence indicates that these groups of young people are, in fact, able to learn, and quite talented. But they learn differently than the standard-students of the traditional education system.

     

     

      LATEST: MENT -EUROPE

       

      TEAM UP WITH MENTORS

       

      The project activities will be the design, implementation, test and evaluation of two cycles of light incubation (concentrated in time and specifically focused on the validation of business ideas) for entrepreneurial projects proposed by migrants, supported by tutors and mentors in five EU countries, and the subsequent dissemination and mainstreaming.The relationship with mentors is the core of the project, because the potential for improving new and emerging business ideas through the interaction with people expert and experienced in the given business sector and national context has proven very high in many incubation projects in the EU and elsewhere. Mentors will be thus guiding new entrepreneurs, while at the same time strengthening their own networks.

      LATEST: THE 40+ PROJECT

       

      GAME CHANGERS

       

      The idea: Global Goals 4,5, 8, 10; Tackle social, age, gender stereotypes and inequality, promote career change to 40+ age group. 40+project Develops :

      • A European platform/one stop shop and educational tool in order to provide online and offline training, coaching and mentoring to “young” in the field social entrepreneurs or career changers
      • An incubator, accelerator on Sustainable Development Pillars and Social Entrepreneurship
      • Exchange know- how of Soc Ents, initiatives, projects.
      • Promote cross generation exchange of know- how, while also calling for refugees of the 40+ group who wish to acquire new skills

      LATEST: NO WALLS BUT BRIDGES

       

      INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

       

      Migrant Integration Lab within the context of its global awareness campaign initiatives inspired by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development is launching a grass root Public Policy/Citizens Diplomacy International awareness campaign, an open social media dialogue.
       
      This year we are teaming up with “Ecole des Ponts Business School” full-time MBA, young leaders. This project is tailored as to build Positive & Sustainable Social Impact.École des Ponts Business School’s Full Time MBA is a flagship program for Innovation Management in a global economy. The program leverages the latest research and traditions of excellence in Innovation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship. #NoWallsButBridges
    • MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS

       

      By our actions, we encourage public debate, contribute and promote awareness, citizenship, economic growth, sustainable development.

      We are :

       

      Cultivating a thriving ecosystem for social innovation and creating sustainable communities. This ecosystem, it members and the collective whole, creates more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive communities.
      Helping refugees and migrants socialise and express themselves, fostering respect and understanding for diversity, intercultural and civic competencies,democratic values and citizenship.
      Giving citizens the opportunity to discover, learn from and understand the values and cultures of refugees and migrants and - in the process rediscover and enrich their own.
      Support and develop migrant entrepreneurship and cultural projects

      350 Migrant Participants
      ∎ 270 Sustainable Entrepreneurship projects
      ∎ 80 Sucessfull Target job employments
      ∎ 7 countries

       

       

      50 LABS of "Migrant Entrepreneurship"
      ∎ 3 Migrant Media Labs
      ∎ 1 Migrant & Low Income Artists' Lab
      ∎ 1 International Social media "Hybrid Identity " awareness campaign
       

       

       

      A large scale collaborative international Ecosystem
      ∎ 500 Mentors
      ∎ 8000 Volunteers
      ∎ Supportig 2230 newcommers social Entrepreneurs
       

       

       

    • FOCUS ON

      MIGRANT INTEGRATION LAB ECOSYSTEM & PROJECTS

      SUSTAIN -ABILITY

      Migrant entrepreneurs play a positive role in the economic and social development of the country they live in.
      Migrant population have strong entrepreneurial skills and can adapt to any economic environment.

      The success of migrant entrepreneurs is due to their diverse networks, social resilience, economic resourcefulness and business creativity.

      CASE STUDY//Mosaic Community

      "WE SHARE LIFE"

      MOSAIC is social business aiming to build diverse community.

      Mosaic mission's is to build an incubator for "leading skills" in a diverse community, that can produce sustainable products and solutions. The second step is organizing events and build sustainable impact. "Meet, share and build strong and lasting relationships between different communities/ nationalities and the newcomers in the French society." Khaled K.

      CASE STUDY//Chef Emad

      "VOYAGE AND TASTE SYRIAN CULTURE"

      Catering Services-Kitchen Lab

       

      "From healthy and hearty breakfasts and a wide range of lunchtime specialties, to fine-dining restaurants, our fresh approach to creating catering solutions to meet your needs is what makes the difference." Emad. If your are interested to taste innovative flavors beyond the "boundaries of culture" do not hesitate to contact our creative "chef" Emad.

      CASE STUDY// Dezavidart kids

      "INTEGRATION THROUGH ARTS"

      Iragi Zabona Dezaira an activist refugee Artist & Journalist from Congo and the founder of the Dezavidart Innovation (Dezaira Bin Zabona Art and Videography )foundation. He opened up a free school for children called Dezavidart kids to help children with problems to be enrolled in Uganda education due to language barriers and financial issues. He is a global artist : " I love drowning with acrylic and make sculpture with mastic" says Dezaira . In addition to paintings, Dezaira also enjoys expressing himself through hip hop, video art, and poetry.

      CASE STUDY// Crafting For Change

      "INTEGRATION & CRAFT"

      "Crafting for Change" is a project from the Development Division from Sorbonne for the United Nations Organisation SONU. This project aims to help communities in distress through the development of craftsmanship. In order to achieve this, three workshops linking design students and craftsmen take place: in Argentina and in France. In Paris, refugee craftsmen are currently working with design students from The Sorbonne University. The aim of it all is to create a positive image for these communities, refugees and rural craftsmen in order to enhance their social and economic integration into society.

      CASE STUDY// Link Art Projects

      " ACT, REACT & NEVER GIVE UP"

      LiNK is an international network of young artists struggling against any form of social and cultural rejection. Link art projects organizes exhibitions under the form of "Workshops solidaires et artistiques" .These workshops are mixing art students and refugees artists. The latest workshop used as material the safety jacket. Beautiful works of art were compeled under the form of a booklet that you can consult here: https://issuu.com/linkartprojects/docs/le_livret_link_art_projects_8d57666ef49370

      CASE STUDY// The 4Cs Design For Social Innovation

      "4Cs From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture” Migration Issues

      The 4Cs seeks to understand how training and education in art and culture can constitute powerful resources to address the issue of conflict as well as to envision creative ways in which to deal with conflictual phenomena, while contributing to audience development through active participation and co-production. The project is lead on its French side by the inspirational Professor of design theory at the ENSAD (École Nationale Superieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris) Anna Bernagozzi. She is Head of the Object Design Master programme at the ENSAD, Paris since 2015. More on : https://www.4cs-conflict-conviviality.eu/project

      CASE STUDY// 7 Rue du rendez- vous

      "When arts encounter Migration ” Integration via web series

      The Screenwriter and President of the association Seven Arts and More, Catherine Hertault
      develops a project to learn French through fiction. 7, Rue du rendez-vous is a 22 x 13 minute
      web-series whose goal is - beyond French - to transmit French cultural codes
      and the Republican pact. Immersive, the web series plunges any foreign person into the French reality.
      Pedagogical, playful and positive, this project presents France in its substantive marrow. Presentely, the project needs private sponsorhip.

       

      CASE STUDY// Social Design & Fashion Innovation

      "When arts militates for peace ” with Carmen Emanuela Popa

      The renowned International artist Carmen Emanuela Popa is known as leading conceptual garments designer, and not only. She describes herself as “an artist who militates through his work for peace and non-violence and addresses as man to man of ordinary human beings.”

      Her unique work with innovative character goes beyond the limits of stereotypes, borders and invites the public to a complex and intransigent dialogue on the social issues that are now intensifying in the contemporary world. She launches through her work to manifest a message of tolerance and love under all forms of expression of the disfavoring or happier actors of humanity.

      Her unconventional concepts have appeared in publications such as British Vogue, Tatler UK, Huffingtonpost, ParismodesTV, ITAR-TASS, in the specialized press in Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Romania. For more information please visit: www.carmenemanuelapopa.com

      CASE STUDY// “Calais Jungle”

      Documentary pictures & exhibition with Ludovica Anzaldi

      Here migrants have built a small “city” in the mud waiting to cross illegally those 43 miles that separate them from England. Some want to reunite with what is left of their families; some have simply lost everything and want to rebuild their lives away from wars that they do not feel theirs; others simply dream of a better world and think they might find it there. More on : http://www.ludovicaanzaldi.com/

      CASE STUDY// “Migrant Stories & Hope”

      Documentary pictures & book with Férial : raising awareness

      Graduate of Decorative Arts of Nice (Villa Arson), major of promotion at the School of Art Beaubourg (Paris) with a graphic thesis on Serge Gainsbourg (congratulations of the jury), Férial opens the doors of the world via graphic design and of communication. She is the official photographer of Patti Smith. In October 2016 she started photographing three humanitarian centers: Grande-Synthe in Nord Pas-de-Calais, La Chapelle in Paris and Ivry. Her insatiable curiosity and her “almost mystical fervor for the arts” nourish her artistic quest. More on: Férial

       

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      Across Europe, grassroots efforts have emerged in the wake of crisis that draw members of the public into the process of receiving refugees and supporting their integration. We are a civil society initiative that foster important relationships between refugees and their neighbors and to improve integration outcomes in the long run. You can read more in English, French or Romanian language articles here bellow.

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