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Welcome Center aims to facilitate foreign professionals' start in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion


10.01.14 10:54

The federal state of Baden-Württemberg supports this pilot project with more than 127,000 Euro from the European Social Fund


By creating a regional Welcome Center, the City of Karlsruhe aims to put the focus on the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) as a place to live and to work that attracts people from all over the world. In a central service centre, foreign professionals and their families shall be offered the full range of support they require in order to facilitate their life in a new professional and social environment. The Welcome Center is an important element of TRK's alliance for skilled employees, in which, over the past year, more than 120 companies, institutions and facilities have developed common strategies to attract qualified workers from all areas of business to this region. At the end of last year, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg granted financial support from the European Social Fund amounting to 127,000 Euro to create the Welcome Center.

"By launching the Welcome Center, we want to send a clear message: people from other countries who would like to live and work in our region are always welcome", stresses Dr. Frank Mentrup, chairman of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and Mayor of Karlsruhe. He explains that even though the TechnologyRegion already provides numerous authorities, regional institutions, companies and other civil society actors dealing with the various aspects of internationalisation and integration, their activities need to be further coordinated in a clearly structured manner. "The Welcome Center is an important means of achieving the bundling of existing services, activities and offers. Moreover, it acts as a central service centre for international professionals and regional employers, especially small and medium sized enterprises", Mentrup points out.

The services for such professionals also involve their families since they have a major influence on the decision to move to the TRK and to settle there permanently. As a main contact point and service centre, the Welcome Center will therefore not only offer professional counselling services and provide assistance relating to administrative issues, but also give information and a helping hand when it comes to social integration in the new environment.

With Stuttgart having agreed to provide support, a regional working group is now elaborating a concept for a physical and digital Welcome Center before it will start operating in 2015. The Welcome Center is part of the internationalisation strategy approved by the municipal council in May 2012 and constitutes an important step towards the implementation of a culture of welcome.

Press Office of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion:
Bernd Wnuck
Stadt Karlsruhe
Rathaus am Marktplatz
76124 Karlsruhe

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is a supra-regional cooperation between eleven cities, four administrative districts and the Regionalverband Mittlerer Oberrhein (regional planning association Middle Upper Rhine). The region's locational advantages are jointly marketed through the statement "High-tech meets the Good Life". Within this action group, sectors such as politics, business, science, administration and culture work closely together to bundle the necessary resources in the competition between regions. The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion's alliance for skilled employees aims to attract professionals to the region, to encourage and support them and to retain them on a long-term basis. In a shared, open and practice-oriented process, regional actors are linked via networks and existing initiatives are bundled. Based on existing challenges and needs, approaches for solutions and measures are being developed. This helps establish the necessary prerequisites and structures to counter or prevent the lack of skilled employees in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

The managing partners of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion GbR are: Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee, Waghäusel, Germersheim administrative district, Karlsruhe administrative district, Rastatt administrative district, Südliche Weinstraße administrative district, Regionalverband Mittlerer Oberrhein (regional planning association Middle Upper Rhine)