IND Social Advisory Council

The IND is in the midst of the world. People come to the IND from all corners of the globe for reasons as diverse as mankind itself. This requires the IND to approach foreign nationals with an open eye and ear. Contradiction and self-reflection are crucial here. Only in this way we can guarantee that open eye and ear. It is for this reason that the IND has had the Social Advisory Council (MAR) since October 2019. The MAR actually brings the outside world inside, a valuable view for the open and transparent organisation that the IND wants to be. The MAR meets six times a year and provides solicited and unsolicited advice to the IND management team on a variety of topics.

MAR members
The MAR consists of the following members:

​Corinne Dettmeijer (Chair)
'In my time as a judge I had a lot to do with immigration cases. I found that very interesting. As National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, I also came across the IND. At that time I thought the IND was rather rigid. That can be improved. I think it is a great challenge to contribute to the IND with the MAR.'

Petra van den Boomgaard
'Immigration policy interests me. At the European Parliament in Brussels I was involved in the creation of foreign policy. As a researcher, I have been involved with Dutch immigration policy since the 1930s. But perhaps the most important perspective that contributes to my advisory work for the Social Advisory Board is my annual visit to the concentration camp Sobibor. Together with the relatives of people who were executed there, I reflect on the ultimate consequences of what can happen when people are trapped.”

Afshin Ellian
'I was born in Iran and came to the Netherlands by invitation as a political refugee in 1989. I studied law in Tilburg and now I am a professor at the law faculty of Leiden. I attach great importance to integration because it promotes citizenship and social cohesion. At the same time, I believe that integration and migration are part of the security domain to combat radicalism and terrorist movements.'

Annemarie Heeringa
I work as a team leader at the Salvation Army in the Red Light District and come across many undocumented foreigners there. My clients do not always understand what happens when they come into contact with the IND and feel a distance between them and the organisation. It would be nice if there was more connection between the clients and the IND. Through my participation in the MAR, I come into contact with the IND in a different way and I can view and experience the organisation in a different way.'

Freek Landmeter
'For my work for Doctors without Borders, I visited Rwanda. I know that the IND has complex issues. Sometimes the nuance is lost in the media. But I want to know: what is really happening? I think it is important that the IND has support base. Besides, every week I watch football at the football field with an employee from the IND and the COA. We conduct interesting conversations and have to be careful not to miss a goal.'

Marian Spier
'In the past, I worked at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. Now I am an entrepreneur and the founder of IAMarian. I am particularly engaged in the projects that have a social impact and bring about a positive change. I believe diversity and inclusivity to be very important. I look at the migration as an expression of the human pursuit of dignity, security and a better future.'

​Advice MAR

Advies 'beter bekend' (pdf only in Dutch)

Management responses

MT-reactie advies 'beter bekend' (pdf only in Dutch)