|IOM’s Migration Challenges Highlighted at New Years Reception
IOM The Hague’s New Years Reception on 4 February was well attended by representatives from Embassies, Consulates and the Dutch government, as well as by diplomats and IOM staff from Belgium. Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director of IOM’s Regional Office for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, highlighted IOM’s role in Europe’s many current migration challenges. Read more
| Skills2Work: Working Towards Rapid Integration of Refugees
into the Labour Market
Studies show that long periods without employment for refugees - as for everybody else - can often lead to permanent ‘unemployability’ and welfare dependency. Participation in the labour market is the best way forward towards full integration and language proficiency. January 2016 saw the launch of the IOM project ‘Skills2Work - Valuing Skills of Beneficiaries of International Protection’. Read more
|Eighteen Stories from Around the World
Qualified diaspora in the Netherlands can have a considerable added value to the social and economic development in their countries of origin. Engaging diaspora communities with their countries of origin is an important aspect of the global work of IOM.
In the brochure Eighteen Stories from Around the World IOM NL presents personal stories and experiences in nine countries of origin with the project Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN).Read more
|Targeting Root Causes of Migration Through ‘Local Employment in Africa for Development’ (LEAD)
IOM is partner of a consortium led by Oxfam Novib for the ‘Work in Progress’ project for the next three years. The project is part of the LEAD programme, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which focuses on creating job opportunities for young people in selected African countries with a high migration pressure. IOM’s main contribution will consist of setting up and managing a job centre in Hargeisa (Somaliland). In this job centre young people will receive targeted training, as well as information, advice and coaching with regard to career and job opportunities, business start ups and internships. Read more
|People can only be happy when they belong
My family moved from Iraq to the Netherlands at the proposal and invitation of relatives.
My image of the Netherlands was one of freedom and democracy. This picture was confirmed and further strengthened after our arrival in the Netherlands: we received very good care and felt welcome. I was dreaming of building up new lives here.
Then my perception changed. Read more
|A Rendez-vous with Globalization?
While the media report unprecedented arrivals of migrants and politicians keep mentioning how little time there is to reduce the pressure on Europe’s external borders, very few consider the bigger and deeper significance of the ongoing migration and flight to Europe says Martin Wyss, Chief of Mission IOM the Netherlands.Read more