The ESF Thematic Network (TN) on Migrants met in Paris on 5th and 6th June 2018 for a study visit. Participants got to hear from three projects: Action Emploi Réfugiés, Kodiko and the Refugee Food Festival. The meeting was also an opportunity for participants to have a short briefing session on the new regulations by Marianne Doyen, from the European Commission.
Even though none of the projects were ESF funded, this in itself offered a key question for the network, and one which has cropped up on more than one occasion: what is, or should be, the relationship between ESF and socially innovative projects around migrant integration? Should they continue to exist in a somewhat parallel universe from each other, or is there learning that could be transferable to ESF, or a way in which ESF could help create an environment in which such innovation can flourish?
These questions are discussed on the full minutes of the study visit (available here).
Agenda, list of participants and presentations are also available here.