Registration Opens: Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees e-learning course


Publication date

Apr 06, 2021

Thematic area

JMDI Focus area:
Reinforcing the capacities of migrant communities for development
Building upon the capacities of highly skilled migrants as well as migrants professional/ entrepreneur associations for development


Since January 2020, UNCTAD-IOM-UNHCR and UNITAR have trained and certified over 700 experts in entrepreneurship policy for migrants and refugees. Join them for the 4th iteration of this e-learning course.


The “Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees” e-learning course provides guidance to foster the competencies required by policymakers and practitioners to face different challenges in the formulation of effective, proportionate and constructive responses to complex public policy issues. Prepared by UNITAR in collaboration with UNCTAD, IOM and UNHCHR, it is based on the joint “Policy Guide on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees,” which you can read here.  

Entrepreneurship can be an effective way to include migrants and refugees in local economies and enhance their contributions to countries of origin by sharing their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit, creating new market opportunities, leveraging cross-border networks and generating employment. This course offers practical guidance to governments and development and humanitarian partners on how best migrant and refugees skills and abilities can be leveraged to build their livelihoods while contributing economically to societies they live in and those that they come from.

Based on UNITAR’s sound adult learning pedagogical principles, the five modules and concluding remarks include readings, self-assessment activities. The course includes policy objectives and policy options intended to identify different means to support entrepreneurship among migrants and refugees; identifies case studies and good practices from policies, programs and initiatives, in both developed and developing countries, and; raises awareness through capacity building in order to enhance opportunities to move towards a more inclusive society where no-one is left behind.

The first three iterations in 2020/2021 were registered by over 1,200 participants from over 90 countries worldwide. Over 700 received certification. 

Register for the free online course before May 10th here.