Facilitating integration through cultural orientation

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitates refugee resettlement to the Netherlands at the request of the Dutch government. Through its worldwide network in over 132 countries, IOM is well-placed to provide a range of pre-departure services as well as make arrangements for safe travel to the Netherlands.

One important service related to successful resettlement is the cultural orientation training refugees receive prior to their arrival in country of final destination. In IOM’s view, this training contributes to refugees’ successful resettlement by addressing a wide range of issues related to facilitating the integration process.

IOM underlines the importance of cultural orientation training as part of a well-managed resettlement process. The training contributes by reducing refugees’ concerns and overall anxiety while at the same time increasing their chances of successful integration. The host society gains through a decreased need to support the newcomers, while fostering an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect among refugees and the community at large.

Through the experiences and personal stories of trainers and refugees in this booklet, IOM hopes to make a positive contribution to European Resettlement programs by promoting humane and orderly migration that benefits migrants and society alike.