In this third edition of De Vluchtroute we will discuss the possibilities for refugees to start in the field of work and education. For refugees, work and education are essential aspects for their process of integration. They are often victims of horrific and traumatic circumstances that forced them to leave their homelands. Once they arrive at their final destination, refugees are often assigned to coerced situations in which they are not allowed to work or study. After these severe experiences and the long and difficult journey they had to make to reach a safer country, the process of waiting and feeling useless is one of the most frustrating things refugees can experience.
Although for a number of reasons work and education are crucial for those who fled their country of origin, it’s still extremely difficult in the Netherlands to get started with a job or education. In the first place because they are not allowed to start work or education while they’re still not sure about the outcome of their procedure. Secondly because there are not enough customized educational programs for those who’s certificates aren’t valued in the same way as in their country of origin.
Together with a number of organizations and experts we will explore the different possibilities of what we can achieve within the restrictions of the current policy. What are the most important challenges at this moment? And what are the next steps that need to be taken? Can we think of possible alternative networks that could help? Do we have to think about different ways of collaboration? And which changes are necessary to deliver more customized programs?