In conversation with Frits Koppelaar, co-founder of Grenzeloos

By Francesca Celenta Grenzeloos is a restaurant and café situated in the heart of Maastricht. They offer an apprenticeship trajectory for refugees to allow them to integrate both socially and economically in Maastricht life. The Voice Project talked to Frits, the co-founder of this social enterprise to better understand how their business aims to promote […]

In conversation with Keire – the person who made RPM’s restructuring possible

By Francesca Celenta Last summer, Keire was involved in the research project that led to the restructuring of RPM. After she voiced some concerns about the structure and goals of RPM, Nathalie asked her to carry out a two-month research for RPM to address the gaps of the organisations and better meet the needs of […]

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 […]

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 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 […]