'We can make a difference with our work'. Those were the words of the IND Director General Aly van Berckel during the IND25 Congress in the Migration Museum in The Hague on Thursday 17 October. The congress, in honour of the 25th anniversary of the IND, attracted a multifaceted audience of scientists, partner organizations, NGOs and many (former) IND members.
State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol spoke about the role of the IND for foreign nationals who come to the Netherlands, fleeing violence or looking for a better future. 'The task of the IND, often challenging, is to decide whether or not someone will receive a residence permit. Over the past five years, we have seen more and more knowledge migrants find the Netherlands year after year. By processing their applications smoothly and carefully, the IND helps the Dutch economy'. According to Aly van Berckel, it is all about people-focused work at the IND: 'Work that is sometimes difficult, challenging and not without friction. We sometimes get criticism, but we know what we are doing it for.'
State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol
Make a difference
During the conference, various speakers looked back on the history of the IND and immigration policy; they also looked to the future. Then it was time for the closure. Aly van Berckel: 'Today we lingered on our history. 25 years of implementation of the immigration policy. Work that is sometimes difficult, but where you can make a difference. Where you can do justice to what is asked of us, wherever you work in the immigration chain.'
'The IND inside out'
In the Migration Museum, the exhibition 'The IND inside out' was on display for the first time. This exhibition, intended for visitors from outside the IND, offers a glimpse into the work of the IND in recent years and gives a face to people who will have to do with the IND. The exhibition can be attended in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall from December 31, 2019 to January 23, 2020. Come and see!