Xanel Rooderkerk

Volunteer social and legal work, Dutch Council for Refugees
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Netherlands Netherlands 2014


Xanel was born and raised in the Netherlands and is currently living in Amsterdam. After spending a semester at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, she is finishing her Research Master in Sociology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Her research interests include discrimination, social cohesion and educational inequality. In her final thesis, Xanel studies intolerance towards immigrants in the Netherlands by means of in-depth interviews with Dutch natives. In her work as a volunteer at the Dutch Refugee Council, Xanel assists asylum seekers during their legal process in the detention center by providing information on the asylum procedure, giving legal advice and mediating between lawyers and asylum seekers. Next to the empowerment of minorities such as refugees, she is committed to reducing intolerance towards ethnic minorities in the Netherlands by organizing film screenings and debates as a member of the Amnesty Studentgroup Amsterdam, and teaching about injustice and poverty in secondary schools in context of educational projects organized by Cross Your Borders. After graduation, she aspires to work in a research-oriented position at an NGO. In her spare time, Xanel is passionate about expanding her collection of jazz vinyl.

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