One in a million

Thousands seek protection, each person has his own story.

‚ÄčNobody is unaffected by the images of refugees risking their lives on their way to Europe. But what does that really mean, an asylum application? Who are the people who apply for asylum? Who are the people who process their asylum application? What does it mean to take a decision in an asylum case? In the collected short stories 'One in a million' questions like these are answered. It gives a unique look behind the scenes at IND, COA and the DT&V, where thousands of asylum applications are processed each year.

The Dutch asylum policy is carried out by three organizations: the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and the Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V). In one in a million eleven employees of these organizations speak about their work, and about asylum seekers who made an impression on them. You can read the story of Sandy from the COA, who receives an asylum seeker on her location who has never seen a stove before. Or read about Corinne IND, who has to decide whether the conversion of an Iranian asylum seeker is credible. Or read the story of Lea of the DT&V, who works on the return of a rejected asylum seeker who is unwilling to go back to his country.

'One in a million' is an indispensable collection of short stories for anyone who is interested in the asylum policy in the Netherlands.

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