About us

The Dutch Council for Refugees supports refugees and asylum seekers from the moment of their arrival in the Netherlands until they have found their way independently.

Why we do what we do

Refugees have fled their homes because of war, political violence, their sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion. We are committed to promoting the fair and just treatment of those in a vulnerable position.

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A few results from 2020

We reached many people with our work in 2020.



asylum seekers assisted in their asylum procedure


refugees assisted in their new hometown


questions answered by our legal helpdesk


applications for family reunifications started


volunteers commit to helping refugees

Our locations

The Dutch Council for Refugees is the only organization in the Netherlands that assists refugees in all stages of their stay. We do this with a network of locations, employees and volunteers across the country.

Towards one national foundation

The Netherlands Council for Refugees is an association with members. The members are the regional foundations. The regional foundations include the local branches and office hours locations. In this way, our organization is active in almost all asylum seekers' centers and municipalities.

This will change as of January 1, 2022

Vision and unique knowledge

In addition to assisting refugees, we also work on a welcoming society. We use campaigns and research for this. We also draw attention to bottlenecks in the implementation of legislation and regulations. Successfully! We also have a great deal of in-house knowledge of Dutch politics. Our views reflect this experience.


Our international activities

The Dutch Council for Refugees also works to protect refugees beyond the Netherlands through advocacy, strategic litigation, and international cooperation with our European counterparts.

Read more about our international projects