SIRIUS at ISIRC 2018 - Bridging Social and Business Innovation

ISIRC 2018

Simone Baglioni and Francesca Calò will chair a stream about Social Innovation and Forced Migration at ISIRC 2018 (3 September 2018).

While mainstreaming media and political entrepreneurs tended to focus on the potential security issues raised by increased numbers of refugees and migrants, civil society activists and local authorities have been at the forefront of the provision of humanitarian help as well as in the promotion of integration programs. Acting sometimes in a policy vacuum or even in defiance of national authorities, such civil society organisations and local or sub-national authorities have deployed a creative spirit of innovations allowing people fleeing from war, persecution and poverty, find a place where to obtain protection and begin a new life through education, training, work and socialising events. This stream aimed to gather contributions shedding light on such innovative forms of support and integration of refugees and asylum seekers. It invited papers discussing social innovations having occurred in the broad field of forced migration, either as humanitarian first help or more long-term integration-seeking programs and actions.

The following five papers will be presented in the Social Innovation and Forced Migration Stream:

Verena Schmid: New forms of engagement through the refugee crisis at the local level

Monika Gonser: Social Innovation in company level refugee integration

Jonathan Jancsary and Vivien Fritsche: Social Innovation through Volunteering – Challenges of Integration of Refugees

Elisa Ravazzoli, Cristina Dalla Torre, Miriam L. Weiß and Andrea Membretti: Social Innovation Practices and Forced Migration in the Alps: a pluralistic factor

Alexandra David, Judith Terstriep and Silke Steinberg: Migrants as Change Agents of Institutional Cultures

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