ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MIGRATION AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)

Promoting the social and economic inclusion of migrants and refugees in host countries
in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Event
Session Type
Conference
Session Themes
Entrepreneurship
Room number
Room XI
Event Manager
Ms. Fulvia Farinelli
Contact Email
fulvia.farinelli@unctad.org
24 October 2018
15:30 - 18:00 Europe/Zurich
Europe/Zurich

Entrepreneurship can be a means to integrate migrants and refugees into local economies and bolster their positive contribution to economic and social development in host countries. Policies have an important role to play to support entrepreneurial activity by and for refugees and migrants. The session, organized in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will host the launch of the joint UNCTAD, IOM and UNHCR Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees. The guide comes in the form of policy options and possible measures and initiatives that can be adopted by governments or other relevant stakeholders in host countries, depending on local needs and circumstances.

Issues for the debate

  • What are the main challenges migrants and refugees face when starting and scaling enterprises in new host countries?
  • How can entrepreneurship development programmes help refugees and migrants, and foster sustainable livelihoods?
  • How can the Entrepreneurship for Refugees and Migrants initiative contribute to the attainment of the SDGs?

Speakers

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Assistant High Commissioner, UNHCR
Technical Director of SEBRAE (Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas), Brazil
Executive Director, Conquito, Ecuador
Executive Director, Business Center for New Americans, USA
President & CEO, BDC, Jordan
CEO, Catalysr and 2018 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year
PEI, Portugal
Enterprise Uganda
IOM Uganda
Politecnico di Milano and Tiresia

Moderators

Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development