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Are you struggling to find qualified staff and interested to explore the opportunities of (temporarily) hiring a talent from Nigeria / Senegal?

Then join our webinar on Tu 19 May 2020 (14.00 - 15.15 CET) to find out the benefits of hiring talent from Nigeria or Senegal. 

NABC and IOM NL are pleased to announce the second webinar on the MATCH project on the 19th of May 2020. During this webinar we will discuss the various legal pathways available for hiring Nigerian / Senegalese talent. We will be joined by immigration lawyer, Hélène Jonker from Migrantic who will share her expertise on the Dutch immigration law and necessary procedures for talent from abroad. Mariken van Megen, lean specialist at the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), will further discuss the benefits and legal obligations for Dutch companies to be recognized as a sponsor as well as the measures taken by the IND in response to COVID-19

Participation is free of charge.

Please contact Myrthe van der Gaast ( or Mia McKenzie ( for more information on the MATCH project or if you have any questions.



13:50 – 14:00

Tune in, testing of mic and video

14:00 – 14:10

Word of welcome & explaining the practical points of the webinar

Myrthe van der Gaast, Project Focal Point, NABC (moderator)

14.10 – 14:25

Introduction to MATCH

  • Goal
  • Activities
  • Benefits

Mia McKenzie, Project Focal Point, IOM the Netherlands

14:25 – 14:35

Exploring the various legal labour migration pathways between Europe and Africa

Hélène Jonker, Partner, Tax & Immigration Lawyer, Migrantic

14:35 – 14:4

Recruiting from abroad: the benefits of recognized sponsorship 

Mariken van Megen, Lean Specialist & Relationship Manager, IND

14:45 – 15.00

Panel discussion

15:00 – 15:10


15:10 – 15:15

Closing remarks


Hélène Jonker
Partner, Tax & Immigration Lawyer,

Mia McKenzie
Project Focal Point,
IOM the Netherlands

Myrthe van der Gaast, Moderator
Project Focal Point,

Mariken van Megen
Lean Specialist & Relationship Manager,

Practical information

Several economic sectors in Europe are struggling to find adequate skills to fill labour shortages. Despite the ongoing efforts aimed at activating the pool of unemployed, finding additional skilled labour remains a big challenge. The MATCH project (Migration of African Talents through Capacity building and Hiring) aims at enabling Nigerian and Senegalese talent to work for a period of 1-2 years in companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, or Luxembourg where specific sectorial labour shortages have been identified - primarily the ICT, technology and digitalisation sectors.

Young candidates from Nigeria & Senegal will be targeted and invited for a temporary job placement, following profile screening and matching with said companies, to upscale their skills and increase their employability upon return to their home countries. In addition to the mobility scheme, MATCH will implement complementary activities such as skills development, capacity building and knowledge sharing. The selected canidates will be invited to attend trainings organised by the individual companies, Employer Organisations or Employment Agencies. The candidate will also be invited to engage in projects in their home country to share their knowledge and skills.

How can your company benefit from the MATCH project?  

  • Send us your vacancies for highly qualified technical profiles. Based on the vacancies received from interested Dutch companies, a recruitment process will be launched in Senegal and Nigeria. Interested candidates will be pre-screened by a selection panel composed of local national employment agencies and IOM offices.  
  • We will provide guidance in the selection process and will ensure that the highest recruitment standards are met (including technical skills and knowledge of English/French). The selection panel will then provide your company with the top-5 best candidates. You will then be able to finalise the recruitment process (without the obligation to recruit) by meeting the candidates, conducting (Skype) interviews or have them take tests.  
  • IOM will support the administrative and logistical preparation, as well as preparing the candidates before their departure to the Netherlands. 
  • Intercultural awareness sessions will be organised for Dutch companies and Nigerian /Senegalese candidates to support the smooth transition into a welcoming workplace for employers and employees alike. 


The implementation of the MATCH project will fully comply with each country’s domestic regulations concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The volume of recruitments foreseen in the project will be adjusted to the actual needs of companies that will still be experiencing shortages in the post-pandemic context. Additionally, there will be no physical recruitments of young talents while mobility restrictions linked to COVID-19 pandemic still apply. Furthermore, depending on needs of the companies, distance working arrangements will be set up in order to already build a collaborative foundation that benefits both sides.


Event details

Webinar: Legal Pathways for hiring talent from Nigeria & Senegal
From May 19, 2020
Till May 19, 2020
NABC events