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TEDxLinz | Returning to your home and its difficulties | Andrea Götzelmann

— theme: Return and re-integration of migrants
— country: Global

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. After migrating in a foreign country, not only the migration itself can be a frustrating and challenging process, but also the return afterwards in the most cases is far from easy. Fulfilling expectations and coming home with full hands is a difficult task and for most migrants a nearly unachievable goal. Andrea Götzelmann shows us examples how it can work and explains necessary steps to support these hardworking people.

Andrea Götzelmann
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Andrea Götzelmann, born in 1981, studied Political Science and English Language & Literature in Edinburgh and Vienna. Already working as a PR assistant and consultant before taking her diploma, she at the same time trained her multicultural competences, for instance completing a course in interculturality and communication. Starting as Assistant to the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vienna, her tasks were the organization of events, media relations and the support of liaison with diplomatic representations, international organizations, Austrian ministries and NGOs. After intermediate steps as a researcher and project coordinator, she has become Head of the Department of Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration at IOM in July 2011. Besides other duties her focus is on the development and implementation of projects in e.g. Afghanistan, Georgia, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and the Chechen Republic.

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