From January 2016 through April 2018, IOM worked together with COA (Centraal Orgaan opvang asielzoekers) and IND (Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst) to arrange the relocation of persons in need of international protection from Italy and Greece to the Netherlands.
In May 2015, the European Commission established the European Agenda on Migration (EAM). This Agenda was a response to the two Mediterranean shipwrecks of April 2015, in which more than 800 asylum seekers died. Included in the EAM is a programme to relocate persons in need of international protection from Italy and Greece in two-and-a-half years. Eligible individuals were relocated to other EU Member States on the basis of a distribution key.
In close cooperation with the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), over 2,750 asylum seekers were relocated to the Netherlands between January 2016 and March 2018.
In coordination with our Dutch government counterparts, IOM facilitated the missions that were undertaken to Italy and Greece by COA and IND. During these missions asylum seekers eligible for relocation were prepared for their arrival in the Netherlands. Subsequently, IOM organized their transfer from Italy and Greece to the Netherlands.
Migrant Training, Resettlement and Integration (MTRI) Unit – Resettlement