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Attracting EXPATs

Activities focusing on expats differ widely, which is largely the impact of different policy contexts. In Greater Basel expat initiatives are primarily  geared to nurturing existing expats, since attracting new expats is politically unacceptable (see Labour). In Twente andGelderland, expat activities range from attraction to nurturing.  In Twente, this is undertaken by the the expat centre, working alonside the Career Centre Twente initiative  and the foundation Region branding Twente.

In Gelderland, the universities and municipalities of Wageningen and Nijmegen both have policies targeting expat workers. These policies help expats to set up their lives in the region, to find accommodation and other facilities, to deal with paper work and to share experiences. It also serves for the universities and municipalities to detect needs and problems, and to work towards responses. Both Wageningen andNijmegen have invested in accommodation, and initiated expat meetings and other forms of communication. Certain initiatives have been developed in collaboration with Food Valley and Health Valley. But obviously there is need for improvement. A good reference for improvements is given in this article on EXPAT centres.

Europe has never before welcomed a greater number of highly qualified people in a way that institutional measures had to be taken. The project TASS (Talent Attract and Support Services) researches the welcomes services in the project regions and how to best organize these welcoming services. More and more regions because of the shortage of highly qualified people in their won region, aim at a their high–qualified labor force from outside thier frontiers. It makes it necessary to rethink and foster ther attractiveness for this new group of foreign candidates. And to develop every possible support measures to convince them to come to the region.
For more information see the TASS Project.

Attracting EXPATS is also about being more inclusive. Some organisations offer information on being inclusive.

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association has produced a wonderful resource entitled the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit  targeted specifically to municipalities,

Inclusive Community Organizations: A Tool Kit published by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition was developed to assist community organizations increase their capacity to include diverse groups in a manner that is both appropriate for those groups, and also fitting for the particular organization.

Addressing Diversity by the US based center for Rural Policy and Development is a compilation of best practices – community projects supporting immigration.

Constructive Conversations about Challenging Times: A Guide to Community Dialogue was developed to encourage leaders and facilitators of all levels of experience—including novices—to bring people into dialogue.

15 Tools for Creating Healthy Productive Multicultural Communities is a comprehensive tool designed to support the increasing diversity of communities in North America.