"Working towards a future-proof migration model by better coordinating public and private commitment and ensuring it at a strategic level."

Migration represents one of the biggest challenges in the 21st century. Hundreds of millions of people leave their homeland each year. While the majority of these do so voluntarily, an increased proportion of migrants are fleeing due to violence, conflict or environmental disasters. 

Refugees constitute a relatively small proportion of the total group of migrants. Justifiably, this type of migration often attracts the most attention. Throughout 2015 and 2016 the Netherlands was faced with a large increase in the number of refugees, mostly from Syria and Eritrea, of whom about 90% are eligible for a resident permit.

European Societies face the challenge of creating a fair migration system which works by taking into account the interests of host countries such as the Netherlands alongside those interests of transition countries, and countries of origin. Due to the interest of equity funds and philanthropists, the Major Alliance, in 2016, began its activities in the following four areas: education and employment, health, social cohesion and public perception. Therefore, the focus of the Major Alliance is to create comprehensive solutions for the needs of asylum seekers in the medium to long term.

In 2018 we will continue to create alliances with civil society, business, governments, and migrants themselves. Collaboration is necessary to form an inclusive society, a prerequisite for a successful integration of newcomers and socio-economic perspective for all stakeholders. We also work on building and exchanging knowledge about future-proof and responsive solutions for 'root causes' of migration, and migration issues like humanity, security and socio-economic prosperity.

Our fellow Rien van Gendt leads the theme of migration.


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