Voluntary Return

IOM supports migrants who voluntarily wish to return to their country of origin or migrate to a third country where permanent residence is guaranteed.

Migration & Development

Explore this page to find out how, as a diaspora member, you can give back to your country of origin.

You will find information on our migration and development projects: Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D), Entrepreneurship by Diaspora for Development (ED4D), Work In Progress! and the Mapping of Rwandan Diaspora.

Coming to the Netherlands

We arrange family reunification, resettlement and relocation to the Netherlands.
To see if we can assist you, please find more information below or contact us directly.

Migrant Integration

IOM the Netherlands develops programmes that help migrants with their integration into new communities. We also aim to inform employers and  receiving communities about the positive contributions migrants can make to Dutch society. A multi-faceted approach aimed at mutual understanding is our corporate mission.

IOM Works to Help

Ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.


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IOM’s Migration Challenges Highlighted at New Year’s Reception


IOM the Netherlands’ New Year’s Reception on 7 February was well attended by representatives from Embassies, Consulates and the Dutch government. Nathalie Lintveld, Head of Migration and Development Group, Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Antonio Polosa, Chief of Mission of the Netherlands, highlighted the current migration challenges.

8 Feb 2019

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Entrepreneurs for Development in Ghana - ED4D Kick-Off Event


Many people participated in the kick-off of the Entrepreneurship by Diaspora for Development (ED4D) project at Humanity House in The Hague on 2 February. Mr. Edward Benjamin Ashong Lartey, Director Investment Services Division of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre came over especially from Ghana. The event was also attended by the Ambassador of Ghana, Her Excellency Ms. Sophia Horner-Sam.

4 Feb 2019

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New website IOM the Netherlands


The website of IOM the Netherlands has been given a new look per 1 February. A contemporary layout with more photos resulted in an accessible site. Information about our services, such as conditionsand forms, is easier to find.
Migrants are central in our work; therefore personal stories feature more prominently. In the coming period new stories and experiences will be published. Also, we will continue to add more information about our services, in Dutch and English.

4 Feb 2019

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Entrepreneurs for Development in Ethiopia - ED4D Kick-Off Event


Around 80 potential candidates attended the kick-off event of the Entrepreneurship by Diaspora for Development (ED4D) project at Humanity House in The Hague on 26 January.

Two Government representatives joined the event from Ethiopia:

4 Feb 2019

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‘A Walk on the Tightrope ': the asylum procedure from the inside


On International Migrants Day 18 December IOM showed the film 'A walk on the Tightrope' in Humanity House in The Hague; a documentary that takes you right into the asylum system of Germany. For the first time, employees of the German Immigration Service admitted a camera. The audience watched their daily work and the interviews that normally take place behind closed doors.

29 Jan 2019

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The story of Rewda, Ethiopia

"The Story of Rewda"

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