Each year the students visit several sites of actors that actively deal with governance issues in migration and diversity. Each of the track coordinators organises their own visit, tapping into their own expertise and network to provide a unique insight into the practice of their field.
In previous years we visited:
- Imam Malik Islamic Centre Leiden. The Centre introduced us to the historical context of Islam in the Netherlands and showcased several community activities and projects that the Mosque is involved in.
- The National Expertise Centre Honour-Based Violence in The Hague. Here we spoke with researchers from the Centre and the director of SPIOR (Platform for Islamic Organisations in Rijnmond) about their work and collaborations with Muslim communities on honour based violence, forced marriages and sexuality.
- Special Envoy for Migration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They introduced us migration management issues from the perspective of the Dutch government and allowed us to learn about the priorities of Dutch migration policies.
- The European Parliament and European Commission in Brussel. The students learned about the dilemmas of the EU politics and policy on migration and diversity. We had meetings with the senior advocacy officer at the European Network Against Racism, with the research director of Migration Policy group and a Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld. They explained the challenges of their advocacy work as well as the political struggles they are facing in the area of fundamental rights, asylum and migration.
Presenting the LDE GMD Student Board
The Student Board functions as the intermediary between GMD students and staff members in a sounding capacity as well as a platform to organize events and outreach activities in close interaction with the LDE Centre GMD. Students have weekly meetings online either within their committees or the entire board to decide on action points within and outside their studies. We welcome you to join!