Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BZ)

http://www.government.nl/ministries/bz
Source description last updated: 18 September 2013
In brief: The Netherlands Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, BZ) is the Dutch government department responsible for foreign affairs.
Coverage on ecoi.net:
General Official Reports (Dutch: Algemene ambtsberichten) and Thematic Official Reports (Dutch: Thematische ambtsberichten).
Covered quarterly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-D (all available countries).
Mission/Mandate/Objectives:
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BZ) “coordinates and carries out the foreign policy of the Dutch government” (BZ: Organisational structure, undated).
The ministry comprises a number of departments “engaged in either policy-related or support activities” (regional, policy theme, multilateral and support departments) (ibid.). One of its policy theme departments is the Consular Affairs and Migration Policy Department (DCM). The DCM comprises an Asylum, Resettlement and Return Division (AT) responsible for writing country reports and person-specific reports, policy making on asylum issues and for supporting the implementation of policy on resettlement and return (BZ: Policy theme departments, undated).
 
The Asylum, Resettlement and Return Division of the DCM (DCM/AT) publishes General Official Reports and Thematic Official Reports on countries of origin of asylum-seekers (e.g. BZ: Algemeen ambtsbericht Sudan, 22 August 2013, p. 2; BZ: Thematisch ambtsbericht staatsburgerschapsen vreemdelingenwetgeving in Centraal-Azië, 19 September 2012, p. 2).
Funding:
Dutch government budget (BZ: Foreign Affairs Budget 2011-2012, undated).
Scope of reporting:
General Official Reports: political, human rights and security situation in a country of origin (e.g. BZ: Algemeen ambtsbericht Sudan, 22 August 2013)
Thematic Official Reports: focus on a thematic issue in one or several countries of origin (e.g. BZ: Thematisch Ambtsbericht Documenten Nepal, 23 May 2013; BZ: Thematisch ambtsbericht staatsburgerschapsen vreemdelingenwetgeving in Centraal-Azië, 19 September 2012)
Methodology:
The Official Reports are based on information from both public and confidential sources. The former include reports by the United Nations, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and the media. Confidential information used in the Official Reports stems from Dutch diplomatic representations. The Reports include frequent referencing of consulted public sources. In many cases, information from public sources is supported by information gathered on a confidential basis (e.g. BZ: Algemeen ambtsbericht Sudan, 22 August 2013, p. 5; BZ: Thematisch ambtsbericht staatsburgerschapsen vreemdelingenwetgeving in Centraal-Azië, 19 September 2012, p. 5).
Language(s) of publications:
Dutch
Further reading / links:
Government of the Netherlands: Asylum seekers, undated
http://www.government.nl/issues/asylum
 
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