Young Migrant Entrepreneurs On Line Event

The “YOUNG MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS” (YME) Multiplier Event will take place on April 22nd, 2021. Sign Up here ! In the upcoming weeks we will communicate our YME Programme. We have some amazing speakers, such as Geoff Leask, Bart Hoenen, Usman Yaseen and Samuel Mwaura and some great tools to show you. The On Line Meeting will be a on Zoom and You Tube. The YME project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

General Introduction YME

Werkcenter Scotland has initiated the YME Partnership. Director Pieter van Schie says to the young migrant entrepreneurs : ‘‘ Entrepreneurship among migrants must be seen as a new arena for social, economic and political action. Many governments are therefore trying to actively promote entrepreneurship through various forms of support. But it’s not up to the governments… It’s up to you !” He says it all starts with the target group. But we should also facilitate and guide them. That’s why I approached the Boğaziçi University to write this project: The Young Migrant Entrepreneurs (YME) project has produced a guide for young  entrepreneurs. Within the EU, young migrants represent an important pool of potential entrepreneurs, but can face, as other more vulnerable groups, specific legal, cultural and linguistic obstacles. We have addressed these issues in such a complete way as possible to support the young entrepreneur whenever and where ever we can.

YME Partners

Young Migrant Entrepreneurs (YME) project is focused on delivering entrepreneurial skills-building support to young migrants in the partnership countries. The partnership countries are Turkey, Romania, Italy, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Werkcenter Scotland (United Kingdom)

Werkcenter Scotland (WS) has the philosophy ‘From Work to Work; that’s the way it works’, a comprehensive local approach which is taken up to regional, national & international level where the main objective is to get young people into work and/or entrepreneurship through experience. Werkcenter is aligned to encourage (learning towards) entrepreneurship, work and job search at all stages. Through a simple structured approach, it improves the position of the young unemployed people in the jobs market immediately, while at the same time improving their long-term employability.

Website Werkcenter ScotlandTwitter Werkcenter Scotland

Boğaziçi University (Turkey)

Boğaziçi University (BU) was formally established in 1971. It has four faculties, six graduate institutes, two schools (School of Foreign Languages and Vocational School of Applied Sciences) and 32 research centers. The faculties and schools are offering undergraduate studies for approximately 16,000 students, whereas the institutes are offering graduate programs for approximately 4.000 students. The language of instruction at the University is English. There are permanently 939 academic staff and 984 administrative staff. It is endorsed by the European Universities Association (EUA) and the Faculty of Engineering is the first ABET-accredited faculty in TR. BU is a member of several international university networks that share the same goal of enhancing academic cooperation among its members: IAU – International Association of Universities; Magna Charta Universitatum; EUA – European University Association; Unimed – Mediterranean Universities Union; The Utrecht Network; Black Sea Universities Network; SEFI – European Society for Engineering Education, European Universities Continuing Education Network (EUCEN).

Website Boğaziçi UniversityInstagram @uniBoğaziçi Twitter @UniBoğaziçi

Ministry of National Education (Turkey)

The Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in Turkey manages one of the largest educational systems in Europe. Educational services at all levels are provided substantially (more than 90 %) by public education institutions. Administrative legislation and supervision related to formal and non-formal education (except for higher education) are performed by Ministry of National Education. MoNE also regulates the teacher employment and relocation and imposes the curriculum; timetables, textbooks used in the classroom, and explicitly use tests to monitor teaching practices in the classroom. Private education institutions also exist. Private education institutions mean private financing and administration. Individuals, corporations or other types of institutions (such as associations, foundations) can open and run private schools profit based at pre-primary, primary and secondary levels. Private education institutions are subject to the same regulations with public institutions in terms of educational arrangements and certification (curricula, teacher qualifications, length of school day/week/year, assessment, progression, diploma etc.). Public funds are given to private institutions in various ways to a certain extent. But “government-dependent” private institutions don’t exist. In higher education level, only ‘foundations’ can run private higher education institutions without making a profit.

Number of Students 2019 : 18 Million ( 1.5 Preschool, 5.5 Primary School, 5.5 Middle School, 5.5 High School)

Public Schools: 15 Million

Private Schools: 1.5 Million

Open Education 1.5 Million

As a first attempt for the social integration of Syrian’s in Turkey mainly focused on their education. There are 3.5 million Syrians in Turkey and 1.1 Million are between the ages 5-18. Even though there are immense efforts to provide education to the Syrian children in Turkey, only 650.000 are currently being educated in public schools. The challenging part of Syrian children’s integration is language training. Providing full-fledged Turkish language training is still a developing area with all efforts and support of MoNE.

At the beginning of 2016, Turkey amended its legislation so that refugees could take up employment legally. Syrian refugees are now able to obtain a work permit and gain access to the vocational education and training system. By earning a living or acquiring a professional qualification, refugees have the opportunity to become active members of the Turkish economy rather than continuing to receive aid.  Until now, labour market institutions and vocational schools have been able to offer only a limited range of services to meet the needs of Syrian refugees. Many refugees do not have the necessary knowledge of Turkish. As a result of the war, they were unable to complete their training and are no longer in possession of their course certificates. Furthermore, they are not familiar with the Turkish labour market and the advisory services available.

As a support to this condition, starting from the 2016-17 academic year, Syrians may enrol in public education centres that specialize in training for many different job profiles: Click here.

Website MONEInstagram @tcmebTwitter @tcmebFacebook @milliegitimbakanligi  

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (Romania)

The UPB is founded in 1886, is the oldest and the largest technical university of Romania, with about 23000 students from which more than 1500 are international students, 3300 full time staff, 1800 part-time faculty and 900 postgraduate students. University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest comprises study programmes for many of the engineering fields, from computer science and robotics to entrepreneurship, business engineering and management. University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest is a part of the international academic community, sharing the same belief in moral, educational, scientific and cultural values. Its main mission is to bring together education, training and scientific research in order to prepare professionals capable to adapt at the requirements of market economy and new technologies, with an economic and managerial knowledge and promote the principles of sustainable development and environmental protection.

Website University POLITEHNICA of BucarestFacebook @UPB1818

Dutch Foundation of Innovation Welfare 2 Work (Netherlands)

The Dutch Foundation of Innovation Welfare 2 Work (DFW2W) is an independent, non-profit organisation which supports professionals (e.g. youth work institutions, (local, regional and EU) governments, etc.) and young people in the fields of employment, job matching & mobility, traineeship, education, social inclusion, social security, social innovation, welfare, entrepreneurship and quality of life.

Website DFW2WTwitter @DFOIW2W

CPA (Italy)

Helping people and companies take advantage of European opportunities through empowerment strategies, coaching, enterprise and innovation. Involved in work with Migrants, Rural Development and people with special needs to facilitate their employability and attractiveness in the market.

Website CPAFacebook @ConnectAbruzzo

European Commission YouTube Videos

Do you want to know what the European Commission has to say on entrepreneurship, migrants and refugees?

Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees

A joint product with UNCTAD and UNHCR

A tool to raise awareness about the work done on entrepreneurship. The Guide is based on the UNCTAD Model of entrepreneurship, including 35 case studies… With the release of the new IOM/UNCTAD/UNHCR Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees, we hope that the link between self-employment and human mobility will be firmly established; Please click for the Guide here

Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees – Isabelle Durant

Isabelle Durant, deputy secretary-general of UNCTAD,  speaking about a global photo exhibition that the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNCTAD and UNHCR launched on 18 November 2019 to illustrate the contributions that migrant and refugee entrepreneurs make in their new communities as well as those they come from.

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