Dutch ministers and state secretaries are sworn into office
New Dutch ministers and state secretaries have been sworn into office, including Sigrid Kaag, the new Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which Halbe Zijlstra (VVD/Conservative Liberals) will head. Minister Kaag is a member of D66 (Liberal Democrats), and has previously worked for the UN, including UNSCOL, UNDP, IOM, and UNICEF. In the past, she has argued that migration enriches Dutch society, and she has been outspoken in support of providing access to education for refugee children, and for mitigating the structural causes of migration. At university, Kaag studied Arabic and later obtained a Masters in International Relations.