How can social innovation and social innovators contribute to the integration of refugees in European societies? ECRE is organising a seminar on the topic of “Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion”, funded by the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and in cooperation with the Council of Europe, the Mission of Canada to the European Union and the European Economic and Social Committee,

The seminar will take place in Brussels on 12-13 September and speakers will range from refugee groups to civil society organisations, cities, tech companies, start-ups, and private sector representatives.

Integration is and will increasingly be a pressing issue on the EU and national political agendas, as more and more asylum seekers are granted a status and will require proper integration policies and practices. The seminar intends to showcase and discuss the new innovative initiatives which flourished all over Europe to respond to the specific needs of refugees and asylum seekers, triggered by the humanitarian emergencies, first outside and then inside Europe.

Registration to the event is now closed. We thank all interested participants for the overwhelming interest in the Seminar. For those interested in watching parts of the conference, the plenary sessions will be livestreamed at this link. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags #InclusiveSocieties and #SI4RI.

For more information, please get in touch with Francesca Pierigh ( or Anne Bathily (




Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Seminar_Poster

This article appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 1 July 2016. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.