At Einsteindreef in Utrecht district of Overvecht, refugees and local youngsters used to become neighbours. They also followed English and Entrepreneurship courses alongside local residents of Overvecht neighbourhood In Plan Einstein, the integration process started from day one where refugees use their time in the asylum center to rebuild their lives. Plan Einstein was a chance for both refugees and local residents to meet, get to know each other and work on their future.
Plan Einstein promoted values such as equality, inclusiveness, cohesion and trust which all contribute to building a healthy community. Refugees and local citizens in Plan Einstein were neighbours. They had the opportunity to make friendships and build their network. Following the same courses did not only give a chance for people to build their future, but also allow them to know each other better. Niene Oepkes, the project manager of Plan Einstein, reflects on this by saying: “Through following the same courses refugees and local residents discover that they are pretty much the same”.
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