Aiming for More Efficient Family Reunification

fam-reunion-2On 10 December UNHCR, Dutch NGO VluchtelingenWerk and IOM organized a well-attended discussion on Family Reunification for refugees in the Netherlands

In a lively session with the audience experts from diverse backgrounds shared their opinion: Renger Visser (Dutch Immigration Service IND), Adriana van Dooijeweert (ACVZ), Christel Kievits (Red Cross), René Bruin (UNHCR), Gerard Tosserams (IOM), Ariane den Uyl (Dutch NGO VluchtelingenWerk), Attje Kuiken (Member of Parliament for PvdA), Tsehai Aartsen  (Nidos) en Stans Goudsmit (The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights).

 Finally a refugee found protection in a safe country, which allows him or her to be joined by their family members who were left behind. Often these family members live a chaotic circumstances, in a refugee camp or living in a city under siege. It is difficult to trace them. How can a refugee in NL be reunited with his or her family? How can we make the procedure more efficient?

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