Science and Research Centre Koper ZRS Koper; Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna; Municipality of Brindisi; Primorska Technology Park; City of Osijek; Hellenic Open University; Regional development agency; Public institution Development Agency of the Una-Sana Canton.

Associated Partners

Chairmanship of the Apulia Region, Directorate “Security of Citizens, Migration Policies and Social Anti-mafia”;  Emilia-Romagna Region General Directorate for personal Care Health and Welfare


The project is funded by Interreg ADRION, a European transnational program that includes 8 countries: 4 EU members and 4 not yet members but candidates or potential candidates for membership. In our project, 6 of these countries are represented: Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia (EU); Bosnia and Herzegovina (potential candidate country) and Serbia (candidate). The project deals with the economic integration of refugees and asylum seekers through social entrepreneurship tools: an issue considered urgent in light of the large migratory flows in recent years, which have involved, albeit to varying degrees, many of the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region. The main objective is to identify methods and provide opportunities that can allow refugees and asylum seekers to become active economic actors, favoring on the one hand their integration into the host society and, on the other, economic development, which can generate further employment and support the creation of new businesses. To achieve these goals, the research team will identify examples of good practice within the ADRION area and in Europe. Subsequently, 6 pilot actions will be carried out to test social innovation actions and encourage the exchange of knowledge and practices. In Italy, the pilot action will be implemented by the Municipality of Brindisi. The outcome of these activities (guidelines, recommendations, ...) will be the subject of a public conference, which will also be followed by a scientific publication


So far the team has worked on the first project deliverable: the elaboration of the "Analytical Tool". This document is divided into three parts. The first briefly analyzes migratory flows in the ADRION area, with particular attention to the so-called Balkan Route and Central Mediterranean Route. The second explores the issues of the social economy and social entrepreneurship, with particular attention to the countries of the region. The last part contains the templates of two national reports ("assessing societal change" and "assessing main challenges") that will be used by the project partners to find data and information in their national context. The data are related to migration (eg no. Asylum seekers), socio-demographic aspects (eg average age), and economic and entrepreneurial indicators (eg GDP per capita, no. of active enterprises). In addition, the partners will have to answer some questions through various modalities, including interviews with stakeholders and asylum seekers, refugees. The data will then be used to create two comparative reports, for the entire ADRION area.


The "Analytical Tool" should be available soon


Economic and social integration of asylum seekers and refugees through social entrepreneurship

The Departments of Political and Social Sciences and Management of the University of Bologna, that is one of the partners of the Interreg ADRION’s Project REInSER, calls for abstracts for the International Conference dedicated to sharing best practices for the integration of refugees and asylum seekers through social entrepreneurship. The International Conference will be held at the University of Bologna on March 10th in 2022.

The deadline to submit the proposal is 30th January 2022. Abstracts should be max. 500 words, and clearly indicate the author(s), the affiliation as well as the methods and main arguments.

For more information click here