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.
The year 2018 has been a demanding year, marked by the adoption by 164 countries of the historic Global Compact for Migration. The GCM provides a blueprint for migration management helping the 258 million migrants worldwide to achieve a life of safety and dignity. We live in a world on the move, Antonio Polosa stated. Numerically, there are more people migrating than at any other time in recorded history.
Nathalie Lintveld emphasized IOM’s key role in coordinating migration efforts on both a national and a global level.
During the Reception, highlights were shown of IOM’s work in the Netherlands in 2018 and a preview of activities planned for 2019.