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In this newsletter:

  1. Global Migration Film Festival: ‘Wallah, Je te jure’ 13 December in The Hague
  2. IOM Becomes UN Migration Agency
  3. Pilot Projects Aimed at Labour Market Integration
  4. Connecting Diaspora Expertise with Countries of Origin
  5. Many Visited Open Day at Asylum Seekers Centres
  6. Monthly Relocation to the Netherlands continues

Global Migration Film Festival: ‘Wallah, Je te jure’ 13 December in The Hague

filmfestival 2016IOM is launching a Global Migration Film Festival between 5-18 December, bookended by IOM’s 65th anniversary and International Migrants Day. IOM NL is organizing a Migrant Movie and Debate event by screening the short movie: ‘Wallah, Je te jure’ on 13 December 2016 at Humanity House in the Hague.

This short movie produced by IOM in Niger shows the journey from Senegal to Libya and eventually Europe by portraying different migrants along the route. After screening, a debate with eminent guests will follow with room for discussion and questions. The idea is to bring the community together around films about migration and thereby stimulate debate, helping to change the perception of migrants in a positive way.

IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival is part of the UN's new “Together” global campaign to promote diversity and inclusion, for which IOM - The UN Migration Agency - has been asked to play a leading role.

IOM Becomes UN Migration Agency

IOM the Migration Agency BleuTransparantIOM’s collaboration with the United Nations has always been close, but became even more so when IOM joined the UN in September. As the leading inter-governmental agency in its field of specialization, IOM can now work in partnership with the United Nations on a broad range of migration-related issues.

This will help ensure that the issues surrounding the world’s international migrants are well addressed, including issues in the humanitarian, development, human rights, climate change and peace and security domains.

UN SwingAt the United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants which took place on 19 September in New York, IOM Director General William Lacy and UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon signed a document linking IOM to the UN as one of its related organizations. This event signalled the culmination of a process that began in earnest in June 2016 when IOM Member States unanimously endorsed the process to join the UN. “The signature of this historic agreement brings the leading global migration agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM) – into the United Nations – the culmination of a 65-year relationship. For the very first time in 71 years, the UN now has a ‘UN Migration Agency’,” Ambassador Swing said, adding, “This is a singular honour for our Organization – and a genuine success for migrants and Member States and indeed for this Summit.” 

 Pilot Projects Aimed at Labour Market Integration

VoorwerkIOM NL is piloting two projects that support the labour market integration of asylum seekers and refugees. The VOORwerk project has provided approximately 400 status holders with training, counselling and work placements as preparation for entering the Dutch labour market.

Project activities are implemented in 10 reception centres, with this number soon set to increase- further expanding the geographical scope of the project’s activities. The Skills2Work team has completed a regional review of good practices on the themes of skills recognition, skills validation and employment of asylum seekers and refugees. The complete list of good practices from the region will be displayed on a digital platform in 2017 to promote information sharing among participating countries. 

Connecting Diaspora Expertise with Countries of Origin

CD4DDiaspora from Sierra Leone met in The Hague to be informed about IOM NL’s project Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D). The CD4D project supports the development of targeted sectors in selected countries by strengthening the capacity of key institutions. The involvement of diaspora communities is a key factor.

IOM’s project CD4D enables diaspora professionals to use their knowledge and expertise for the reconstruction and development of their country of origin. CD4D is a continuation of IOM’s successful Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN) project. The CD4D project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A representative from the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Brussels emphasized the importance of human resource mobilization as essential in today’s world, and that the Sierra Leone government is committed to engage its diaspora, especially the highly specialized skills for brain gain. CD4D fits into the government’s Agenda for Prosperity in which three sectors have been identified: Agriculture, Education and Health.

Many countries have a considerable number of professionals among their diaspora communities in the Netherlands. They also face brain drain and often lack qualified human resources. Through temporary physical and online assignments, professional diaspora members, residing in the Netherlands, are linked to institutions in their countries of origin to share knowledge and expertise. To enhance the impact of the assignments, internships and training opportunities are offered in the Netherlands for representatives of host institutions.

CD4D is demand-driven, meaning that all assignments respond to the capacity-building needs in the selected priority institutions.  The project focusses on capacity building in sectors and key institutions that have been identified by the six target countries:

CD4D list

Many Visited Open Day at Asylum Seekers Centres

Coa Open dagMore than 40.000 people visited the Open Day in September at all asylum seekers centres in the Netherlands. For IOM and the Dutch government and ngo’s involved with migration it was a good opportunity to show their work to the general public.

Many people took the opportunity to be informed about the asylum procedure and what influences the decision if a migrant is allowed to stay or that they have to leave. They met with migrants and got acquainted with their daily life in an asylum seekers centre. Aim of the Open Day is to familiarize the local communities with the centres.

Monthly Relocation to the Netherlands continues

relocationEvery month, 100 people from Greece and 50 people from Italy are relocated to the Netherlands. Up to October, IOM facilitated the relocation of 855 migrants to the Netherlands. In total, European countries have relocated 6.607 migrants this year. 61% of the relocated migrants was male, and 39% female. 35% of the relocated migrants was under 18, and 65% was 18 or older.
The three main nationalities of the beneficiaries were Syrian (60%), Eritrean (23%) and Iraqi (14%). These nationalities account for 97% of the total, which can be explained by the fact that these three nationalities have a recognition rate of 75% or higher - a condition created by the European Commission to be eligible for relocation. 


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