Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration
‘Build Your Return’ is a new website specifically developed for migrants exploring their options for returning home. The website shows an easy step-by-step overview of how to return from the Netherlands.
The return process is presented in four steps: the decision to return, preparation, travel, and building a new life - including information on where and how IOM can help.
Migrants share their own reintegration stories, which offer insight into the different types of assistance IOM can provide. The information on the new website is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Chinese and includes a chat tool for personal contact - confidentially and anonymously - with IOM staff.
In addition to the website, IOM the Netherlands is now active on Facebook and LinkedIn. Both feature regular updates about IOM’s work and activities in the Netherlands.
With many unaccompanied migrant children returning from EU Member States to their countries of origin the best interest of the child is paramount. Through the project ‘Family Tracing’ IOM can carry out a family tracing including an assessment of the socio-economic situation of the family. The project focuses on finding a durable solution in the best interest of the child.
Migrants with an asylum background can receive reintegration assistance from the project Enhanced Reintegration Support (ERS). The project focuses on in kind assistance for income generating activities such as starting a micro business, pursuing an education or contributing to to housing costs.
This project is a follow up to the AVR ERS project, which started in 2012, aimed at supporting 100 migrants. Within three months after the launch IOM registered 130 migrants wishing to make use of the services offered under the project. Ultimately IOM supported 96 persons through counselling in the pre-departure period and in-kind reintegration support after return.
These results have led to a follow-up project in order to safeguard the continuation of these services.
IOM the Netherlands continuously invests in its relationship with diplomatic missions as they are valued partners in carrying out projects. In March 2013 IOM organized a thematic round table conference on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration for French-speaking African diplomatic representations.
Representatives of the following diplomatic missions were present: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic Congo, Chad, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal. During this successful discussion, an overview was provided about IOM, the REAN programme and its reintegration projects for vulnerable migrants, such as migrants with medical conditions, minors and migrants in administrative detention.
Euphrem Yamuremye, Project Officer Assisted Voluntary Return from Detention, presented his work by sharing his background and experiences from the field. The participants, both diplomats and IOM staff then shared experiences in an interactive exchange. The diplomatic participants offered IOM their advice and expertise by suggesting possible improvements to current projects. Most notable was the suggestion to offer vocational training in the Netherlands prior to departure.
IOM’s new AVRR-MC project aims to assist migrants with (chronic) medical conditions by providing counselling, travel and reintegration assistance.
Return and reintegration of migrants with (chronic) medical issues poses significant challenges to the migrant and their families, the Dutch government, and countries of origin. IOM’s new AVRR-MC project aims to assist 90 migrants, of whom 30 of whom have a chronic condition. The project will also aims to improve awareness and knowledge in the Netherlands and countries on origin in dealing with medical cases.
The AVR Outreach Project focuses on undocumented migrants living in the Netherlands. Undocumented migrants can easily end up in a vulnerable position. IOM's Project Officers try to get in touch with undocumented migrants to discuss the future, to inform them about the possibilities of IOM's Voluntary Return Projects, or to refer them to other organizations.
The counsellors meet migrants in accessible locations and provide information in different languages. In some cases IOM can assist with reintegration in the country of origin.
IOM began the second phase of the project in May 2013.
Labour Migration and Human Development
IOM invites qualified migrants, preferably residing in the Netherlands to register for short assignments in their countries of origin. The selected countries for this project are Afghanistan, Armenia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Ghana, Iraq, Morocco, Somalia and South Sudan.
IOM’s Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN III) project builds on lessons learned and achievements of previous TRQN projects and similar brain gain initiatives such as MIDA (Migration for Development in Africa) and RQA (Return of Qualified Afghans). The project's aims objective is to contribute to the national development policies and strategies of selected countries by engaging their overseas migrant communities in improving the capacity of governmental and non governmental institutions.
Through TRQN III IOM offers temporary return assignments to migrants who wish to use their professional knowledge and experience for the development of their country of origin. Many highly skilled migrants living and working in the Netherlands remain strongly connected to their countries of origin. They send money back, but also transfer knowledge and experience. Migrants living and working in the Netherlands can play an important role in the development of their countries of origin.
The selected countries have a considerable number of professionals among their diaspora communities in the Netherlands. They also face a severe brain drain and often lack of a relevant workforce, know-how and overall capacity. The countries have increasingly recognized the positive role that diaspora can play in development, but still need support in further establishing appropriate policies, strategies and facilities.
Qualified migrants, preferably residing in the Netherlands, are invited to register for short assignments opportunities (average three months) by filling out the application form. You can download the application form here.
The Family Reunification programme of IOM the Netherlands is a sponsor pre-payed programme which assists approved asylum seekers to reunite with their family members. The workload for 2013 has more than doubled prior years. IOM handled less than 100 family reunification cases annually in 2011 and 2012. However, as of 25 October this year IOM has already assisted 217 family members to reunite with their relatives in the Netherlands.
The increase is linked to visa issuances by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Services (IND). In addition, IOM the Netherlands offers a migrant-centered approach by applying tiered service fees and providing specialized assistance for complex family reunification cases including DNA testing in fragile states without Dutch representation and assistance arranging shelter for vulnerable children.
IOM’s new ‘Grassroots Integration through Volunteering Experiences’ (GIVE) project aims to support the integration of migrants through participation with volunteer work. The project is funded by the EC Integration Fund and implemented in Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
In the Netherlands IOM cooperates with PEP, an organization in The Hague that deals with volunteer work in the community. A special toolkit about volunteering has been developed as well, both for migrants and for organizations interested in receiving migrant volunteers.