Dutch Council for Refugees

Refugees have a right to a fair asylum procedure, and subsequently access to adequate housing, education, health care and work. The Dutch Council for Refugees is an independent, non-governmental organization that defends those rights.

What we do

With 12.500 volunteers and a few hundred paid employees we offer refugees practical support during their asylum procedure and their integration in the Dutch society. In addition, we provide members of the Parliament with information concerning refugee issues and policy and we carry an active lobby for refugee rights. Another important part of our work is to supply information and advice to asylum lawyers. We also develop various projects to promote the integration of refugees in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we are committed to increasing public support for refugees.

Our organisation

With one National Office, 8 regional offices, and 310 local branches we are active in the majority of all local council districts. The National Office supports the regional and local branches with advice, education, and information.

Our international activities

The Dutch Council for Refugees, wanting the best for refugees not only in the Netherlands but also in other countries,  aims to share its knowledge and experience with NGOs in other countries, particularly the countries at the external borders of the EU.

ECRE: influencing the European agenda

We are a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). With 90 member organisations in 38 countries ECRE aims to influence the European agenda to promote the protection and integration of all individuals who seek refuge and protection within Europe.

Are you a refugee?

This website is designed for the general public. Are you a refugee and are you looking for information that is specifically meant for you? Do you want practical support during your asylum procedure or your integration in Dutch society? Please contact one of our regional offices.

Website in English

It is possible to use Google Translate to view this website in English or another language. Select your language in the menu below. Please note that Google Translate will not supply a flawless translation, nevertheless it will give you a proper idea of our activities and approach. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us:  info@vluchtelingenwerk.nl. Or call:  (020) 346 72 00.


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