During 2019-2021, Klaipėda University, together with partners from Latvia and Sweden, is implementing the project „Development of digital entrepreneurship: addressing the needs of immigrants and asylum seekers“ (Nr. NPAD-2019/10145), funded by Nordplus Adult programme.
As European countries face huge challenges seeking to support immigrants and asylum seekers’ socio-economic inclusion, some innovative means of fostering their integration into labour markets as a factor of economic self-sufficiency, should be developed in the cooperation of research, education and business sectors. Our goal is to strengthen the competitiveness of immigrants and asylum seekers in the Nordplus countries.
The project is specifically sought to develop the educational programme in digital entrepreneurship for immigrants and asylum seekers and to implement the pilot training course. The participating Nordplus countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden) are highly interested in the effective ways of the integration of immigrants and asylum seekers into labour market. As the development of ICT prompts new ways for business development (one of the ways is digital entrepreneurship), the educational programmes for target groups of adults should appear in order to fill in the gap in knowledge and skills. However, at present, there are no specific programmes for immigrants and asylum seekers in the field of digital entrepreneurship in partner countries. Meanwhile, as stated by research, digital entrepreneurship is supposed to become one of the most effective ways for immigrants and asylum seekers’ to integrate into labour markets, because it is not directly related to their qualifications or language skills that usually limits their employment capacity (Eurostat, 2017).
The concept of digital entrepreneurship is rather new and innovative issue. It requires deeper analysis on methodological (research) and methodic (teaching-learning process) levels. Therefore, project partners decided to design the continuous project with the aim - to develop a unique educational programme in digital entrepreneurship for immigrants and asylum seekers and to organize its pilot implementation.
In the implementation of the project the target groups of adult educators form the previous project will also take part. Each partner country will gain the innovative educational programme for immigrants and asylum seekers and/or other interested groups of adults. The experience of the project and its outcomes will be widely spread in various groups of stakeholders.
The present report is dedicated to the description of methodic approaches in migrants’ education underpinning the elaboration of recommendations for teaching-learning of migrants and asylum seekers.