Kick off to a new Erasmus+ project co-led by UM on Intercultural Learning Online

In February 2022, Laurea UAS had a kick-off meeting for a new Erasmus+ project ILO (“Intercultural Learning Online”, 2021-2024) together with the European partners from Belgium (European Migrant Platform), Greece (Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis), Italy (Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre), and Netherlands (Universiteit Maastricht). Melissa Siegel and Nava Henrichs are coordinatng the project on behalf of UM

The growing immigrant population in Europe makes visible the fact that there is a large number of refugees and immigrants whose skills, capacity and expertise are not properly utilized in Europe. The research has shown that job market access and participation is a challenging process for highly educated migrants who have moved to Western countries. This challenge should be recognized at the university level as well, as there are more and more students with immigrant backgrounds who also need role models and working life success stories from immigrant lecturers and scholars. Several studies have shown that when the immigrants can experience fast and effective job market participation, it increases their positive feelings regarding belonging.


The ILO project, with its global operators, will organize opportunities for highly educated immigrants to use their talents and capacity by lecturing in partner universities and by organizing shared workshops or short courses for the students. The extensive networks of these partners support sharing, promoting, and using the project results sustainably in wide contexts.

More about the ILO project, kindly contact: Minttu Räty (

  • Implementation date 1.11.2021 – 1.1.2024
  • Funder Erasmus+ KA220-HED
  • Research area Sustainable and versatile social and health care
  • Project type International RDI