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About Theo Veenkamp

Theo Veenkamp was head of the Netherlands Agency for the Reception of Asylum–Seekers and head of strategy at the Dutch ministry of justice.

Articles by Theo Veenkamp

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

People flow: migration and Europe

The existing European approach to migration does not match reality or recognise the evolving complexity of human mobility. In our People Flow pamphlet of 2003, openDemocracy and Demos proposed a model that does. 

Dutch sign on Europe's wall

The Dutch referendum vote against the European Union constitution demands that Europe’s leaders enter a fresh dialogue that addresses their people’s “complicated cocktail of mixed feelings”, says Theo Veenkamp.

After tolerance

The murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh has left the Netherlands in turmoil and its reputation for tolerance in tatters. What does the second political murder in thirty months mean for the Dutch multiculturalist model? The strategist and author Theo Veenkamp looks back and thinks forward.

People Flow: onwards and upwards

Theo Veenkamp extends his review of the first part of openDemocracy’s debate on his People Flow report by elaborating an ambitious programme which sees new strategies towards migration as part of a project to give practical form to the humane, protean and dynamic space that is within Europe’s grasp.

People Flow: taking stock of the first round

The innovative ‘thought experiment’ about how best to manage 21st century European migration has provoked a rich, diverse debate in openDemocracy.

People Flow: Migration and Europe

Does migration erode or enhance national culture? This question is highly sensitive in many European countries. The problem with the existing European approach to migration is that official distinctions between categories of migrants do not match reality. We need a new, sustainable model that recognises the evolving complexity of human mobility. In our People Flow pamphlet, openDemocracy and Demos have proposed such a model to open up debate.
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