27 / 11 / 2018
Since beginning of 2017, the AMIF-funded project MEnt (Migrant Entrepreneurs team-up with mentors) aims at facilitating, fostering and strengthening migrant entrepreneurship in five EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Italy, France and Germany) through light incubation cycles supported by mentors.
While migrants are more likely to start businesses than their native-born peers, they have to cope with various obstacles in setting up, maintaining and expanding a business. As a result of these constraints, migrants’ businesses often have lower success rates than those run by native-born, provide low income and have low profitability rates, are the results of self-employment, have limited growth potential and are run in traditional sectors with low innovation rates and are more affected by cyclical recession. Consequently, there is a significant risk of running a business that does not foster upward social mobility, but conversely results in social isolation and economic downturn.
The outcome of MEnt is an open-source toolkit with index cards for each material developed, guidelines how to use the methodology, an evaluation report as well as a policy brief.