The Human Safety Net For Refugee Start-ups (THSN) is a project dedicated to giving refugees the skills and the resources to set up their own businesses and create jobs. This programme is launched in France and Germany in 2017, and there are plans to expand it to other European countries in the coming years.
THSN offers tailored educational workshops, technical trainings and financial support to refugee entrepreneurs. It is focused on recently arrived asylum seekers, with brilliant business acumen, that have a high chance of being granted asylum or subsidiary protection.
Turning the refugee narrative on its head, SPARK will give refugee entrepreneurs the skills and tools to set up businesses and create jobs. We hope to increase start-up businesses amongst this population and reduce the number of failed businesses of this group by providing support services. The programmes within it will advise, protect and support refugee’s businesses; so that refugees may become self-sufficient and contribute to the communities they now live in.
More than a million refugees crossed into Europe in 2015. The public debate focussed on sheltering, whilst integration into the labour market also requires action. Meanwhile, immigrants find themselves in a marginalised position. An increasing number of immigrants are trying to start their own business, but several problems are met. The success rate of these businesses is generally low. Refugee entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on human rights in terms of participation, resilience and empowerment. Therefore, entrepreneurship should be seen as a new arena for social and economic action in the EU.
The Human Safety Net For Refugee Start-ups (THSN) brings to life our purpose of protecting and enhancing people's lives beyond our day-to-day business. THSN projects unlock the potential of disadvantaged people so that they can transform their lives and communities. THSN offers tailored educational workshops, technical trainings and financial support to refugee entrepreneurs. It is focused on recent arrivals with strong business acumen. The programme will develop and support refugees’ businesses, so that refugees may become self-sufficient and contribute to their host communities.