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Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion: A Sense of Home

Upcoming Event
January 24, 2019

EESC, Rue Belliard 99, Brussels 

Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion: A Sense of Home

Thursday, January 24, 2019

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CET (Registration: 1:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CET (Registration: 8:30 a.m.)


EESC, Rue Belliard 99, Brussels 

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The United States Mission to the European Union, the Mission of Canada to the European Union, the Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe), and the European Economic and Social Committee are pleased to invite you to a conference on 'Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion: A Sense of Home'. 

The two-day event will explore how innovations in housing, community engagement, and mentoring can build social ties, create supportive communities, establish a robust base for economic opportunities, and foster a sense of belonging and 'home' for refugees and asylum seekers. The first day of the conference will dive into the bold ideas and actions that social initiatives, urban designers, refugee-led organisations and more have developed for inclusion, while the second day will examine tools and strategies supporting innovations to create lasting change. 

Sessions will explore topics such as: the potential of co-housing for community building; the role of urban planning for more inclusive cities; building innovative cross-sectoral partnerships; and novel approaches to measuring and communicating success in social innovation. 

The perspective of housing experts, refugee and migrant organisations, social enterprises, and urban designers will feature prominently in the conference, alongside other nongovernmental actors and government representatives at the local and national level. This year, more breakout sessions will allow participants to interactively engage with core themes and topics, and thematic breakout dinners will permit discussions to continue into the evening. 

For any questions related to the event, please contact Annemarie Wiersma at annemarie.wiersma@eesc.europa.eu or +32(0)2 546 93 76. 

Event Co-Sponsor