Magnet II

MAGNET II is a job placement project for Returnees from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK returning voluntarily to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I).

MAGNET supports Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) beneficiaries who often encounter difficulties in finding employment on their own, having spent extended periods of time abroad. At the same time, the project helps local businesses in the booming KR-I economy who are in need of staff. The project reminds us of the importance of financial security provided by stable employment for returnees – it is key to emotional and material well-being and thus to successful reintegration into the community.

The project has been designed for a duration of 24 months – from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2016 – and is managed by the IOM Paris office, in close cooperation with IOM Iraq and other IOM offices in the participating countries. MAGNET II is funded by the EU Return Fund and co-funded by the French Ministry of Interior (Immigration Directorate), the British Home Office, the Belgian Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil), the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) and the Dutch Repatriation and Departure Service (Ministry of Security and Justice). The project implementation is further supported by the Kurdistan Regional Government (Bureau of Migration and Displacement, and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs).

For more information, contact Mr. Andreas De Boer (email: adeboer@iom.int, tel: +32 (0) 2 287 74 29).