Business-City Partnership Programme: Rotterdam Pilot

Partners: dUTCH mINISTRY OF fOREIGN AFFAIRS, cITY OF rOTTERDAM, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Strategy&

date: 2013-2015


Building on THP’s experiencesRotterdam small with conducting Expert Consultations with the private sector and cities, THP identified the need to form partnerships between the private sector and cities to address migration challenges specific to the city in question.

A first pilot project was launched to facilitate the formation of such a partnership in the city of Rotterdam. THP, the Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam and Erasmus University focused on creating partnerships, or pathways of cooperation, between city government and local businesses for the purpose of improving migration and labour market outcomes in Rotterdam.

This two year programme was forward looking, had a long-term focus and was co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Strategy&.

The results of this study contributed to the creation of M-Capital, a social venture founded as a subsidiary of THP, and its Migrant Training and Placement Programme.

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Research Grant for THP and Groningen University

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted research proposals for eight research lines of the national science agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda) with maximal ‚ā¨ 2,5 million for each line.

Within the research line ‚ÄėTowards a resilient society‚Äô the thematic program JOIN, focusing on young people in a resilient society, received funding. This program will be implemented in cooperation with several consortia, of which one is composed of researchers of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, – namely Nina Hansen (Social Psychology) and Liesbet Heyse (Sociology) and The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, a leading, international and research-orientated NGO working on innovative solutions to improve labor market integration of migrants and refugees with businesses.

To improve the integration of first generation migrations in the labor market in the Netherlands the consortium will develop and evaluate a training for employers and managers to adjust their formal and informal Human Resource Managements procedures and practices to decrease the cultural distance between employers and new employees. Read more

Enhancing Partnerships Between Cities and Businesses for Migration


DATE: MAY 2017

In 2015, according to the United Nations, 244 million people worldwide were international migrants, of which 65.3 million were forcefully displaced. Ultimately, it is in cities where migrants settle, make their daily lives, and interact with the local population.

Cities are faced with the challenge of effectively integrating migrants including access to the labor market, while migrants need to gain employment in order to contribute to the local economy and actively participate in their new community.

Capitalizing on the skills migrants have to offer has the potential to reduce the cost that migrants could have on the welfare system and other indirect costs due to unemployment. This poses a great opportunity for businesses, which are increasingly struggling to fill skills gaps from within their local labor markets.

However, migration is still a topic that generates confusion and mixed perceptions amongst businesses, and a shift in mentality is needed to capitalize on the full potential of migration. Migrants and refugees still constitute largely untapped pools of talent. Local governments are in the best position to incentivize private sector engagement via programs to better leverage migrants for positive outcomes by working in partnership and addressing issues that are relevant to business’ bottom line, such as return on investment.

This paper reviews initiatives aimed at enhancing business-city partnerships for successful economic integration of migrants and draws lessons from them. The labor market participation of ethnic minorities facilitates their social acceptance, and prevents further social exclusion by enabling social contact between migrants and the host community, and allowing them to develop their talents. The paper also suggests ways to maximize the positive effects of labor integration of migrants through the formation of partnerships between cities and businesses.

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Migrant Training and Placement Programme

THP has developed a programme which involves both training of migrants (particularly in soft skills training) as well as placement of migrants into jobs.

For more information about this programme, please have a look on our M-Capital website or contact Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director.

Tel: +31 (0)70 711 89 89
Mobile: +31 (0)6 52 77 29 31

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Solutions Alliance – 2016 Business Consultation, 13 Jun, Amsterdam

27276793111_67923daf3d_mThe United Nations Development Programme and the NGO SPARK, which develops higher education and entrepreneurship for youth in fragile contexts, as Co-Chairs of the Solutions Alliance Thematic Group on Engaging the Private Sector, will be organising a one-day Business Consultation in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 13 June 2016.

The event will bring together a selected number of companies, humanitarian and development actors and other stakeholders to strengthen the collaborative actions on innovative and sustainable solutions for displacement initiated in 2015. Recognizing the key role the private sector plays in transforming displacement challenges into new development and economic growth opportunities, the 2016 Business Consultation will:

  1. Propose the creation of a business mechanism or matchmaking platform on business solutions for displacement;
  2. Identify opportunities to collaborate around selected displacement country contexts; and
  3. Further develop concrete proposals around ‚ÄėLinkedIn‚Äô groups on skills mobility for the displaced, ‚ÄėBusiness-in-a Box‚Äô solutions for entrepreneurship, including through connections to value chains of larger companies, and digital remote work opportunities.

More information and background documents available here:

Seminar: Immigration & the Impact on Corporate Culture & Inclusion

iCON Group will hold a seminar on Immigration & the Impact on Corporate Culture & Inclusion: The need for corporate engagement, on 6 July 2016 in Central London.

The aim of this conference will be to bridge the gap between business and migration through corporate case studies, expert led panel, workshops & audience driven conversation.

With a firm focus on return on investment for businesses that engage on migration we will be inviting a corporate audience to engage in the following topics:

  • What are the costs and benefits to businesses that have initiatives on migration
  • Suggestions on how, why and what businesses can do that will be of benefit to both migrants and the core of the business
  • Discuss timely topics affecting modern diversity and inclusion practice
  • Case studies of extensive refugee integration programmes

See the iCON group website for more information, seminar agenda and registration.


National Diversity Day & 6th signing session of the Diversity Charter L√ętzebuerg, 12 May

On 12 May 2016, Luxembourg will celebrate its second national Diversity Day.bandeau_en
On this day the Committee for the Diversity Charter L√ętzebuerg will also celebrate the 6th signing session of the Charter.
The 157 signatories of the Charter will be joined by several new signatories that wish to commit officially to the promotion and management of diversity in the workplace.

The official signing session will be followed by a keynote speech by Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of THP, on the Business Case on Migration: What is in there for businesses to integrate migrants and refugees in particular into the labour market? What role can a company play in the current context?

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IAVE Forum on Corporate Volunteering: Response to the Refugee Challenge, 19 May, Berlin

IAVE-1Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of THP, will speak at the upcoming Forum on Corporate Volunteering, organised by the International Association for Volunteer Effort, on 19 May in Berlin. The theme of the Forum will be the Response to the Refugee Challenge.

The purpose of the Forum is to understand the refugee crisis in Europe, learn how the private sector is currently responding through their employee volunteer programmes, and discuss what companies could do individually or collaboratively to respond to the situation. The goal is to inspire new approaches, initiatives, partnerships and action on the refugee crisis.

For more information and the event agenda see: 

European Migration Forum, 6-7 April, Brussels

THP recently took part in The European Migration Forum which met for the second time on 6 and 7 April 2016 at the EESC’s headquarters.¬†The Forum, organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee is a platform for dialogue between civil society and the European institutions on issues relating to migration, asylum and the integration of third-country nationals.

Following on from the subject discussed at the first meeting (the management of mixed flows of migrants across the Mediterranean), the Forum now focused on a long term approach to sustainable labour migration and successful integration.

On the second day of the event Kim Atkinson, Communications Officer at THP, hosted a workshop on the role of the private sector in migration and integration. The defining sentiment from the workshop was that involving and engaging the private sector is essential to create a win-win situation in migration and integration.

More information from the European Migration Forum, including the event agenda, background paper and list of participants is available on the EESC website.

Also available online are the opening speech by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the European Commission in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and the speech by the EESC president, Georges Dassis.