February 3, 2020 IOM representative talks on the benefits and pitfalls of migration.
Emil André Andersen is a political scientist with an MA from the University of Ohio, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. His subjects were Political Science, Philosophy and International Relations. He has fourteen years of international experience in both the insurance business and in the governmental sector. He currently works for the International Organisation of Immigration at its Oslo bureau, as VARP Coordinator, a position he has held since 2017. He has also worked for the Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI), and been vice-consul at the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
The Voluntary Assisted Return Programme (VARP) is a return-assistance programme offered to asylum seekers and migrants without a legal claim to protection in Norway. The programme aims to provide assistance for those who wish to return voluntarily to their home countries in an organised, safe and dignified manner.
He will address some of the main advantages and challenges associated with modern migration.