INTERNATIONAL METROPOLIS CONFERENCE 2017

18 SEPTEMBER - 22 SEPTEMBER 2017, WORLD FORUM, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

Study Tours Monday 18th of September


Study Tour 1


Lifes of refugees, yesterday and today


Embark on a journey and see, hear and experience personally what it must feel like to have to survive in an area affected by conflict or disaster.
It’s an impressive journey on which you imagine the unimaginable. A journey of discovery makes the unimaginable imaginable. It’s as if you find yourself in the place of a refugee.

They have contributed to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the city, yet the lives of the city’s refugees and the history of refugee communities remain undocumented and marginalised. And still, refugees are an integral part of the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The public perception of refugees is largely shaped by the dominant media and political interests which often represent refugees in a negative light.

Experience and listen to the stories of refugees who have just left their lives behind and the ones who, over the past 40 years, have lived their lives in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

 

Study Tour 2

What does peace mean to you


Visit the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). This institute is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.
Migration, participation and social mobilty: Evidence Based Research and Daily Practice’.  On these topics an introduction is given through lecturers and researchers from ISS Erasmus, with the presence of institutions like OxfamNovib, Vluchtelingenwerk, self-help organizations, and policymakers, researchers and Students of ISS Erasmus.
It was founded in 2002 and is seated in The Hague. The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
During an interactive tour you will be able to have a look in the courtroom of the ICC and you will be informed about it’s activities, her mandate, current trials and other activities. Get inspired to work together with ISS on a more just world.

 

Study Tour 3

Volunteers, the vital network of the society


With 13.500 volunteers and a few hundred paid employees they offer refugees practical support during their asylum procedure and their integration in the Dutch society. In addition, they provide members of the Parliament with information concerning refugee issues and policy and we carry an active lobby for refugee rights
Get to know the Dutch Council for Refugees and experience what their work means on a day to day basis.
They stand for civil rights, social justice and equal chances for everyone in the Netherlands. Kompass brings people together and makes human rights accessible. Listen to their story on how they brake trough bureaucracy and help people find their way in the political maze.
First they lived on the streets, unknown to everyone, no name, no postal code, no education. Servicepunt Arbeid  helps young people find work or the right training. SPA brings employees, welfare organisations, the municipality and young people together, in order to offer them a life again.

Study Tour 4


The transition of a neighbourhood


Go on a walk with us through the neighbourhood Schilderswijk and Transvaal. This area has the city’s most multicultural inhabitants. See how the local inhabitants deal with their day to day problems because of the amount of migrations backgrounds and how they grew together. Taste their authentic fingerfood and listen to the stories of local entrepeneurs.
Community Center Schilderswijk is stil setting-up. In a beautiful old schoolbuilding in the middle of Schilderswijk a new meetingcenter is being created.  Sports, creative activities, there is something for everybody. Together with the local community they build on relations and connectedness.
Sports is something that connects everybody. See how a brand new sportscomplex in Transvaal brought a new impuls to the entire neighbourhood.

 

Study Tour 5

A chance on the labor market, a journey about inclusion and diversity


Education is the heart of a society. ROC Mondriaan actively contributes to the economic and social development of The Hague and the surrounding regions. The school teaches 18.000 vocational students and 4.000 adult students. They too get to deal with refugees, their place in society and their lives left behind. Learn more about how a school deals with this task.
The emancipation of women is an ongoing process which started almost a century ago when women were entitled to vote for the first time. Despite of time and lots of effort women are still engaged in improving their positions on all levels. The same applies for the migrant groups who are on their second journey. The first was a physical journey to the Netherlands and the second is an integration journey within the Dutch society and labor market. The first article of the constitution of The Netherlands states that all people in The Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race, sex or on any other grounds shall not be permitted. Despite of this article, why do women and minority groups not succeed to position themselves on the same level as men? What is the role of the local government and private companies. In this tour the municipality of the Hague and other employers will take you on a journey in realising  diversity and inclusion within organisations and the labour market.

 

Study Tour 6


Scheveningen


The earliest reference to the name Sceveninghe goes back to around 1280. The first inhabitants may have been Anglo-Saxons. Other historians favour a Scandinavian origin. Fishing was the main source of food and income. After the last storm in 1894 when half the village was destroyed, the villagers decided to build a harbor.
Today Scheveningen is a famous seaside resort and subject to renewal and change. However traces of its history are still visible and promoted by long established local inhabitants. Get a taste of the authentic food, experience Scheveningen under water and on land, learn about how the local inhabitants lived in the early days at the beginning of the 19th century and the challenges they face today.
How do we safeguard local traditions and values and at the same time welcome new citizens and influences? Come and see in Scheveningen!