2nd National Stakeholders’ Network (NSN) meets to discuss achievements and challenges in the field of voluntary return and reintegration
On 28 March 2013 the 2nd National stakeholders’ Network (NSN) meeting was held within the framework of the Voluntary Return European Network (VREN) project.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss achievements and highlight challenges in the field of voluntary return and reintegration on national level. Some of the issues discussed included individual needs assessment of returnees, providing adequate information and counseling, support to those with special needs, communication for countries of origin, improving reintegration programmes and their monitoring, sharing information and access to recent studies, research and statistics.
The NSN Meeting was attended by the representatives of the UNHCR, the Hungarian Ministry of Interior (MoI), the Office of Immigration and Nationality (OIN), the Police, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), the Menedék Association for Migrants, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Office of Public Administration and Justice and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The results of the meeting will be used to prepare the representative of the Hungarian government for the upcoming 3rd Advisory Group (AG) Meeting to be held in Rome in May 2013, the aim of which is to give a comprehensive picture of projects and initiatives in the field of assisted voluntary return in the participating EU Member states and Norway and Switzerland and to identify best practices.
IOM Launches New Website to Facilitate Integration of Third-Country Nationals in Hungary
IOM Budapest has launched a new website titled “At Home in Hungary”. The “At Home in Hungary” website is a multilingual interactive service which provides comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding admission procedures and aspects of everyday life in Hungary for third-country nationals (TCNs). It has been developed as part of the project “At Home in Hungary: A Comprehensive Multilingual Online Resource for Third-Country Nationals”, implemented by IOM Budapest and funded by the national allocation of the European Integration Fund 2011.
The interactive website aims to provide TCNs with relevant information on admission procedures and daily life in Hungary and, in addition to basic cultural information, covers the broad topics of immigration, working, studying and living. Moreover, this website has been designed to be a useful resource also for public administrators, private service providers, researchers, social workers and other experts as they work with, and support the integration of, TCNs in Hungary.
The At Home in Hungary website can be accessed at http://www.athomeinhungary.hu