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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The Power of Connection – In conversation with Nathalie, the RPM Coordinator

By Francesca Celenta, RPM volunteer project Voice During the intercultural training Refugee Project Maastricht (RPM) offers, as an icebreaker, we were asked what gives us energy. The majority of people responded that what makes them happy is being surrounded by people. Sharing a meal or a conversation with a friend or family member is what fuels us. Perhaps, these answers are particularly striking in their simplicity because they come…

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