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Key Points:

Active Citizenship and Democracy

If European democracies want to remain free, open and cohesive, they must ensure that all citizens, regardless of their origins, find a way towards citizenship, understand their rights and obligations, and are able to make full use of them.

Integration and Active Citizenship

Countries accepting of diversity score better in terms of active citizenship as integration and active citizenship are a two-way process: greater activity in society can further integration and greater integration leads to active citizenship.

Lack of Political Representation

In many countries, people with a migrant background face obstacles to political participation, often as a result of greater exclusion from society.

Contribution of New Europeans

By creating their own businesses or having a professional career, New European entrepreneurs and business professionals act as role models, foster economic incorporation, thus enhancing the integration of migrants and active citizenship. New European business associations also play a key role in supporting their members to become active citizens.

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Economic Contribution

Ensuring the full economic integration of 50% of the population will increase economic productivity. By doing so, it will prevent poverty in old age, balance out the economic impact of demographic change, and create a more diverse workforce and leadership, leading to innovation and new dynamism.

Social Significance

By creating their own businesses or having a professional career, women act as role models and thereby support other women to advance in society. This reinforces an improved position for women in private and professional life.

Changing Perspectives

Enabling women’s full economic participation will also help fighting prejudice against women and fully recognise their role in society.

Double Disadvantage

Women with a migrant background often face discrimination on the basis of both their gender and their ethnicity. Therefore, their immense potential is largely unused.

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Economic Contribution

New European businesses are a direct source of job creation, trigger innovation and facilitate international trade, thus fostering economic growth. They also contribute to reviving depressed streets and neighborhoods. Their economic significance has also been continuously increasing.

Social Significance

Entrepreneurship offers a real opportunity to bypass the discrimination that New Europeans face in the labour market. By creating jobs for others, including members of their own community, New European entrepreneurs also act as role models, enhance chances of upward mobility, and foster the economic incorporation and integration of migrants.

Lack of Acknowledgement

New European entrepreneurs’ positive impact on European economies and societies is still insufficiently recognised by policy makers, researchers, and public opinion, as testified by the lack of data on this issue.

EU Perspectives

Although the European Union officially recognises the key impact of New European entrepreneurs, their potential to contribute to growth and jobs is absent from many European strategies.

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Economic Contribution

New European busines professionals trigger innovation and facilitate international trade, thus fostering economic growth. Their economic significance has also been continuously increasing.

Social Significance

By having a professional career, New European business professionals act as role models, enhance chances of upward mobility, foster the economic incorporation and integration of migrants, and promote social cohesion.

Lack of Acknowledgement

The positive impact of New European business professionals on European economies and societies is still insufficiently recognised by policy makers, researchers, and public opinion, as testified by the lack of data on this issue.

EU Perspectives

Although the European Union officially recognises the key impact of diversity on innovation, the potential of New European business professionals to contribute to growth and jobs is absent from many European strategies.

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Economic Contribution

Entrepreneurship can play a key role in the fight against (youth) unemployment, as young entrepreneurs create tehri own jobs, and in many cases, hire others. By tapping into the creativity and innovative spirit of young people, youth entrepreneurship will also help increase European competitiveness and growth.

Social Significance

By creating their own jobs and jobs for others, young entrepreneurs also act as role models (especially in deprived communities), help alleviate poverty among young people, foster economic incorporation, and increase social cohesion.

Entrepreneurship Education

Education can and must change the widespread social perception of entrepreneurship in general, and youth entrepreneurship in particular, as a residual career option. Promoting values and skills necessary for entrepreneurship from an early age will contribute to economic growth. As regards to this, creating role models is a crucial tool.

Challenges and Obstacles

Young entrepreneurs face a triple disadvantage: a lack of funds, a lack of experience, and a lack of support from society, as Europeans are generally not risk-oriented. New Europeans tend to encounter discrimination in the labour market as an additional difficulty.