The Netherlands in Deal with IOM on Migration Cooperation, Sustainable Solutions

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Netherlands’ Foreign Affairs Ministry  and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has launched a Cooperation on Migration and Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions initiative (COMPASS).

COMPASS is a global initiative, in partnership with 12 countries, designed to protect people on the move, combat human trafficking and smuggling, and support dignified return while promoting sustainable reintegration.

The initiative is centred on a whole-of-society approach which, in addition to assisting individuals, will work across all levels – households, communities, and the wider communities – and encompasses the following partner countries: Afghanistan, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, and Tunisia.

Director of IOM’s Department of Migration Management,  Monica Goracci, says “we want to mobilise families, peers and communities to encourage informed and safe migration decisions, protect migrants, and help those returning home reintegrate successfully.

“One key component is also undermining the trafficking and smuggling business models through the promotion of safe alternatives and information sharing to reduce the risks of exploitation and abuse by these criminal networks.”

Vulnerable migrants, including victims of trafficking and unaccompanied or separated children will have access to a broad range of protection and assistance services such as mental health and psychosocial support, while migrants in transit who wish to return home will be supported with dignified return and reintegration.

Community-level interventions will focus on improving community-led efforts to address trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, and support sustainable reintegration of returning migrants.

COMPASS will work with national and local governments to enable a conducive environment for migrant protection, migration management and international cooperation on these issues.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to launch the COMPASS programme in cooperation with IOM, an important and long-standing partner on migration cooperation”, said Marriët Schuurman, Director for Stability and Humanitarian Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

“The programme is a part of the Dutch comprehensive approach to migration with activities that contribute to the protection and decreasing irregular migration.

Research and data gathering are also important components, and we hope that the insights that will be gained under COMPASS will contribute to broader knowledge sharing on migration and better-informed migration policies’’, adds Schuurman.

The initiative has a strong learning component, designed to increase knowledge and the uptake of lessons learned, both within the programme and beyond its parameters.

COMPASS will actively contribute to global knowledge that supports countries in managing migration flow and protecting vulnerable migrants such as victims of trafficking.

The implementation of COMPASS is set to start soon.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, as the donor to the COMPASS initiative, pledges its active support to partner countries to improve migration cooperation mechanisms within its long-term vision. 

IOM, the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration, contributes its expertise as the technical implementation partner to the initiative. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners in its dedication to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. 

 

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