19 Dec 2016

Technology and refugee integration: great potential and many challenges

How could we effectively use technology and social media in order to support the integration of refugees in the labour market? This was the main question addressed during the EU Policy Lab expert workshop on Technology and refugee integration on 13th December in Brussels. Technology is not a silver bullet to solve integration challenges and its potential is yet to be realised. The multiple tech responses to refugees' needs that emerged in the past two

14 Nov 2016

Discussing youth radicalisation and migration with African experts

What drives young people in African countries into the arms of violent extremist organisations and networks? Is there a convergence between reasons for radicalisation and the forces that make young people leave their country in search of a better life elsewhere? What does this mean for policy instruments that aim at increasing the number of African migrants being returned to their countries of origin or not even leaving their homes in the first place? How

21 Sep 2016

Technology and social innovation for migrant integration

European response to the sharp increase in refugee flows has been extraordinary in many ways. On the more positive side, there is evidence of bourgeoning social innovation with old and new actors in the field being mobilised by dire situation of refugees and with new technologies playing an important role in developing better solutions to refugees' needs. Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion On 12 and 13 September 2016, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

JRC annual conference - Human capital for territorial growth6 Sep 2016

Coming up on 11 October: Roundtable on the future of cities and innovative approaches to tackling social challenges

The JRC is organising its annual conference on 11 October 2016 in Bozar, Brussels. This time, the topic is human capital for territorial growth. The event will gather researchers, policy makers and civil society representatives to identify major challenges for human capital development in regions and cities, including demographic change, migration and fairness to propose recommendations for research and policy actions. The conference coincides with a broad range of events that are part of the

Scenario exploration system24 Aug 2016

Towards a new version of our serious game: Migration scenarios 2030

The EU Policy Lab is preparing to develop a new version of the JRC award-winning Scenario Exploration System (SES) – a serious board game – to engage with uncertain and contentious futures of migration and its implications for EU policy-making. Drawing on the success of the Sustainable Transitions edition of the game that helped stimulate numerous discussions with a range of stakeholders around future directions for sustainable EU economy, we will now proceed with the migration

14 Jun 2016

Getting ready for our session at European Development Days 2016

After a successful workshop with the then “Future Leaders” in 2015, the EU Policy Lab stepped up its work with these youths to organise two events this year: one for the Young Leaders and one with the Young Leaders for a broader audience during the EDDs. The first event on 10 June aimed at building a common understanding of interconnections between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Group discussion We discussed their implementation in light of

31 Mar 2016

The digital market for local services: A one-night stand for workers? An example from the on-demand economy

A study contracted by the EU Policy Lab in the context of the project A vision for the 'sharing economy' By Willem Pieter de Groen, Ilaria Maselli and Brian Fabo from the Centre for European Policy Studies Despite growing numbers of workers who use online platforms to be "matched" with people and businesses who pay for their services, there is a lack of evidence about the scale and the employment impacts of this so called "on-demand"

12 Jan 2016

The less visible “sharing economy”

Mareike Geiling is a co-founder of “Refugees Welcome”,an online platform that matches people who have an empty room with refugees who need a place to stay in Germany. She was rather surprised when she received an invitation to a European Commission workshop about the "sharing economy" run by the Joint Research Centre in December 2015. Despite being a prime example of platform-enabled sharing, she and her colleagues have not associated their Berlin-based initiative with the

8 Sep 2015

Feedback from the Future Leaders

Three months after the workshop we went back to the Future Leaders and asked them how they evaluated the experience. Here are some of the answers we got: Did you learn anything new, surprising? Shakira Choonara: The way the workshop was structured stimulated critical thought and innovation. When preparing for the Development Days, I have to admit when considering ‘resilience’, agriculture was the furthest thought on my mind. Being in a group linking health, climate-change

1 Jun 2015

Futures Leaders discuss their visions for the world in 2035

Muhammed Kisirisa (26) from Uganda runs a community based organisation that helps hundreds of youths from Kampala’s poorest slum to get vocational training and get out of poverty. Lia Weiler (26) from Germany co-founded an energy-saving stoves project to produce healthier stoves as an assembly set for developing countries. Tanvi Girotra (24) from India established a youth-led education foundation which tackles problems in the most marginalised communities, such as sex trafficking and women empowerment by