Workshop II - Voluntary return to the Middle East
The workshop took place in Augsburg from the 7th to the 9th of May 2019.
Day 1: Afghanistan - its current security situation and reintegration
Day 2: Iraq - its current security situation, reintegration and overview of the labor market
Day 3: Syria - travel documents, travel routes and its current security Situation
A report will be published soon.
Field trip to the Netherlands with 5 European AVRR counsellors
AVRR counsellors from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Luxembourg traveled together with the Trans IV staff to visit the Dutch Council for Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland) from the 18th to the 21st of March 2019. The group met different Dutch actors of the AVRR field during its stay. It learned about the special volunteer concept of the VluchtelingenWerk (the AVRR counselling is done first and foremost under the supervision of professional counsellors by volunteers; only in difficult cases the professional counsellor steps in) and about ways to equip interested clients for a professional reintegration through training from Bridge to Better. In Ter Apel, the only place in the Netherlands to apply for asylum, the asylum seeking procedure was explained and an asylum seeker accommodation inspected.
The report can be downloaded on the right-hand side.
Workshop I - Voluntary return to the Caucasus
The first workshop of the Transnational Exchange IV project took place in Augsburg, Germany, from the 29th – 31st of October 2018. The first region to focus on within the project was the Caucasus region.
Prior to the workshop several European counsellors had been interviewed regarding the most relevant subtopics about returning to the Caucasus region. The feedback was unanimous: returnees with chronical illnesses, drug abuse and family conflict. The agenda of the workshop was arranged accordingly.
The speakers covered a wide range of expertise from reintegration partners from Georgia and the Chechen Republic to medical staff such as an IOM regional doctor and a psychotherapist who used to lead a drug rehabilitation center.
Presentation about the situation of women in the Chechen Republic
Presentation about the health care systems in the Caucasus region
Presentation about the relation of migration and substance abuse
The content is summarized in the workshop report, which is free to download in the right-hand column.