On October 24 and 25, the Hanse Parlament participated in the European Forum on Integration of Migrants and Refugees organized by the Policy Area Education of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in collaboration with the Working Group on Migration and Integration of the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC). Aside from participating in many interesting workshops over the two days, the Hanse Parlament also held a future workshop with nine participants on how to support and integrate migrants as business founders and successors in SMEs based on the experiences made in the New Entrepreneurs project.

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On 20 September 2019, Hanse Parlament accepted the invitation and travelled to Schwerin to attend the final conference of the project Job to Stay. The Erasmus+ project, which is led by the University of Applied Sciences Schwerin, deals with the integration of female refugees into the tourist labour market and the social environment. Thus, the project shows synergies with the Hanse Parlament projects “New Entrepreneurs” and “INTACT”, which is why the exchange of experiences was particularly interesting.

Photo by Michael Schwaiger, E. N. T. E. R. Network; Job-to-stay conference in Schwerin in Septtember 2019

On November 27, the Hanse Parlament presented the results of the New Entrepreneurs project in Kiel to the project consortium of the TREND project (Training Refugees in Entrepreneurial skills using digital devices). The aim of the meeting is to exchange experiences and offer insights on the developed education measures of the TREND project.

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This year’s annual conference of the German National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training took place in September in Bremen and was held under the title “The future is Europe – shaping education with Erasmus+”. After following the discussion about the future of the Erasmus+ program and the challenges in vocational and adult education and training between the president of the Federal Institute for VET the scientific director of the German Institute for Adult Education, the participants spent the afternoons in different thematic forums. The Hanse Parlament participated in the forum “The target group: On the way to inclusive vocational training” and present the project “New Entrepreneurs” there.