Migration and Work: What Solutions can (Social) Entrepreneurship Deliver?

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Migration and Work: What Solutions can (Social) Entrepreneurship Deliver?

How can entrepreneurs give able people excluded from markets the dignity of earning their own bread without depending on government?

By Mce Research Centre

When and where

Date and time

Fri, 21 Apr 2023 09:30 - 15:00 CEST


Raiffeisenhaus 1 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen-Platz 1 1020 Wien Austria

About this event

  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Austria has been a crossroads of peoples for millennia. The war in Ukraine is displacing millions of persons. The devastation wrought on Syria and other middle eastern nations had the same effect only a few years ago and continues to do so. Never in the history of humanity have there been so many displaced people as now. In this situation, we wish to reflect on Pope Francis’s call to overcome the globalization of indifference and to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate migrants, in particular from the Ukraine. Our special concern are women, mothers, and young women in the formative years of their lives.

Our question on April 21, 2023, will be how we can create a win-win situation for both the migrants and the welcoming nation? We focus on the good business can do when it creates jobs, bears the risks of innovation, and gives hope to the youth. So many capable people are excluded from the markets because of lack of education, health, or simply bad luck. How can entrepreneurs empower the poor and the marginalized, among them many refugees and migrants, by giving them back the dignity of earning their own bread without depending on government hand outs in the long run?

Entrepreneurs can be the bearers of a new form of compassionate market economy because they possess both the economic wherewithal and the intellectual sagacity to promote change. The gifts of their intelligence and capabilities that drive entrepreneurs to prosper personally can also be used to find new forms of inclusion and empowerment.

Migration and work cause difficulties and concerns to which we must give due consideration and that must be addressed. Caring for the common good is an ongoing political process with an uncertain outcome. It can only be brought about by respectful and sincere public moral conversations. Our symposium wishes to be part of this conversation from the viewpoint of Christian humanism.

Languages: German (simultaneous translation into English) and English.


9:30 AM


10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


Generaldirektor Mag. Michael Höllerer, RLB NÖ - Wien

Dr. Eva Landrichtinger, Secretary General of BMAW

Univ.-Prof. DDr. Msgr. Martin Schlag

Moderator: Dr. Alexander Janda

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

The facts of migration and work

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mazal, Wien

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tetyana Panchenko

Gabriel Felbermaier, WIFO

Michael Merkel, GWD - Berlin

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Entrepreneurial commitments in practice

Cardinal Michael Czerny Videomessage

BM a.D. Mag. Karl Schlögl

Mag. Katharina Turnauer

Mag. Martin Rohla

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Break, light lunch

1:15 AM - 2:15 AM

Humanitarian responses in social ethics and theory

Univ.-Prof. DDr. Msgr. Martin Schlag

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Luca Mongelli, Rom

Christoph Matschke, Member of the Board REWE

Mag. Barbara Treiber

2:15 AM - 2:30 AM

Cardinal Archbishop Dr. Christoph Schönborn

2:30 AM - 3:00 AM

Discussion of results

Discussion of results and key criteria for a successful employment market integration

About the organiser

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Mce Research Centre