Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Europe

We are Women Migrentrepreneurs. Finding our place, making our mark.

Why Migrentrepreneur Woman?

When I started inviting people to join the Migrentrepreneur Women Network. I posted an invitation on a facebook page and a woman commented, “migrentrepreneur? sigh.” Also, someone close to me said that maybe attaching the word “Migrant” or “Immigrant” might not be the best way to attract members — as nobody really wants to be labeled as an immigrant. Why not use expat instead? Maybe there is a grain of truth in what they say. Maybe people are not so keen on being called immigrants. But then, what is wrong with being an immigrant? Immigrant does not equal to illegal. There is no reason for a negative connotations to the term, immigrant. If somebody is indeed originally from another place, and decides to live in a different place, then s/he is an immigrant — whether s/he is coming from a rich country or a least developing country or whether s/he is economically well off or not, educated or not.

I decided to go ahead with Migrentrepreneur anyway as I thought that at this time when immigration is a hot issue here in Europe, it is important that immigrant entrepreneurs be recognized for their contribution in creating jobs and in growing local economies;  that immigrants be seen in a positive light —  that they are immigrants and they are active and positive actors in their communities.

What do you think?

To learn more about why I decided a blog focused on immigrant women entrepreneurs, click here.

If you want to see my thoughts on being expat or immigrant, see here.

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3 Responses

  1. Sara says:

    Dear Nola,

    I completely agree with you 🙂
    Where is the point in discussing if the use of the word “immigrant” is offensive or not?
    What I noticed happens so often around *hot* topic is that people focus its attention on a secondary point: to me, this is useful to avoid to discuss the heart of the topic, may be too embarrassing or difficult to face, as could be the immigrant issue.
    The word immigrant *describes* a real situation, no more: no judgement, no fault. That’s it.

    So, open doors to immigrant women entrepreneur! A invaluable resource!

    Let’s have a good day 🙂

    Sara.

  2. Sara says:

    Have a look here:

    http://www4.ti.ch/dss/dsp/upvs/chi-siamo/eventi/migrazione-e-salute/

    Just to keep informed.

    Have a good day,
    Sara.

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