Asylum seekers’ trajectories: Official procedure in the Netherlands

By Merve Ozer, RPM Volunteer Project Voice This article aims at providing information about the asylum procedure in the Netherlands. Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Furthermore, the Geneva Convention on Refugees states that “every refugee has a right to protection.” Based on these international treaties, to which the…

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Journey to Refuge- RPM Volunteers in Training

By Áine Macdonald, RPM volunteer Project Voice  On Thursday 12th November, Refugee Project Maastricht hosted an interactive talk for all our volunteers about the journey that refugees must undergo to get to the Netherlands.  The volunteers had an opportunity to speak to and learn from Keire Murphy, former RPM Teamleader; Manon Reubsaet, programme supervisor at the Centraal Orgaan opvang asielzoekers (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers) (COA);…

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RPM stands in solidarity with the KOZP protestors

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By Sarra Riahi, RPM volunteer project Voice  Maastricht - On November 15th, the annual Kick Out Zwarte Piet demonstration was supposed to take place at the Vrijthof. Yet, demonstrators were led, for security matters, to the Mosae Forum in a last-minute move. It is still unclear whether the demonstration was able to take place. One might wonder, why were demonstrators displaced in the first place? It appeared that many…

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