IOM Newsletter February 2015


 International Organization for Migration

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IOM the Netherlands-Newsletter February 2015

clickTRQN Volunteers Present Humanitarian Assistance Work
At its annual New Year’s Reception in The Hague IOM informed guests about its work and established or renewed relations. The reception was well-attended by representatives from Embassies, Consulates and the Dutch government.
IOM highlighted its role in global emergency crises, focusing on vulnerable mobile populations or communities requiring assistance. Zhian Sarraj, medical doctor and Nesar Ahmad Seddiqi, Orthopedic Traumatologist, briefed the audience about their work in emergency situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more

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Suriname Appeals to Diaspora for Development Support

The diaspora plays an important role in Suriname’s ambitions for further economic devel-opment, according Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Lackin. He addressed a seminar organized op 7 February in The Hague by the Government of Suriname in cooperation with IOM. The event was the launch of an appeal by Suriname to engage its worldwide diaspora community. Read more

Zwitserland3Stories from the Field - Voluntary Return from Switzerland 
A Day in the Life of Return Counsellor Sonja Zemmin, IOM Bern 
“The diversity in all aspects of my work, I like. Every day here is different, every day I learn something new. Also, I love that I am able to take the time to listen, to advise, to reassure and not least to offer an alternative to asylum in Europe or even a new perspective on life back home. What I find challenging is that voluntary return is sometimes considered to be the lesser evil, preferred to deportation only. I sometimes wish I could do more.” Read more

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