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“Living In” for the International’s Well Being

Nov 28, 2016 10:10:27 AM. By: High Tech Campus

“We need to go beyond the idea of highly qualified migrants just as brains in movement, or as contributors to the so-called knowledge-based economy. We need to look at the person and at her and his well being!”

Ed Heerschap likes to use this quote of Camilla Spadavecchia  to show what he stands for as the coordinator of Living In: improving the feeling of well-being with the international. For instance by making Eindhoven a hospitable city in every way.

The past few months, Spadavecchia assisted six members of the Expat Spouses Initiative in their inventory of the situation of the expat in Eindhoven: the facts and the perception of them. The research zoomed in on health care, housing, social interaction, jobs and education. And as expected there is a big gap between the desired situation and the perception of it. In other words, there is a lot of room for improvement in all these aspects. Partly based on the results, Heerschap has put together a short term program. The main lines in it are:

  • Community and a warm welcome
  • The international environment
  • Learn Dutch
  • Find a job
  • Involve companies, particularly from SMEs
  • Develop a long term strategy

 Read the whole article on e52.nl

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