Migrants, especially migrant women, experience higher unemployment and under-employed rates in EU countries than their native citizens (OECD 2013). Within this scenario, bolstering business creation among migrants, particularly among migrant women, is a key strategy to allow individual migrants to reach their full potential, while simultaneously improving labour market integration and fostering the creation of added value, innovation and productivity in their host countries.
Migration to Europe has a long history, but it has increased substantially in the late 20th century. About one third of migration occurs within EU, but a significant share flows from outside the EU. The four Kaleidoscope partner countries have different trends in migration when considering their history of migration, reasons for migration and the range of countries of origin. The UK, Italy and France have been major receiving countries for decades with hundreds of thousands of incoming migrants every year, comparatively, Finland’s history is very modest and its volume relatively small.
A Young Woman from Vietnam Stays True to Her Heart and Establishes a Business Concept that is Responding to Current Trends and is also Sustainable
Five years ago, 25-year-old Hoang Thu Le moved to Finland from Vietnam, to study. She was admitted to Satakunta university of Applied Sciences (SAMK) to study business administration. Growing up Hoang ate typical Vietnamese food, composed of plenty of vegetables and...read more
Materahub Consortium of cultural and creative industries, partner training organisation of the EU Kaleidoscope Project, offers a free entrepreneurship training course in Matera for 10 migrant women, unemployed and resident in one European country willing to acquire...read more
Watch the following video recorded for the kick-off meeting of Kaleidoscope in Vaasa, Finland, last year, to discover more about the project:read more