Our international projects

The Dutch Council for Refugees (DCR) is also committed to protecting and integrating refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and Curaçao. We share our knowledge and expertise with local organizations in other countries and support them financially. In this way, they can offer the best possible help on the spot. Together, we stand up for the rights of refugees.

Sharing expertise in Europe

Asylum seekers and refugees who have crossed the European borders are not always safe. In some Eastern and Southern European countries they end up in degrading situations. We share our expertise in advocacy, legal counselling and volunteering with local human rights organizations in Europe to support them in their work for refugees.

Everything about the STEP UP fund: NGO capacity strenghtening for refugee protection

The Dutch Council for Refugees has set up the STEP UP Fund to increase the capacity of local human rights organisations.
Read more about our STEP UP fund

Inhumane conditions in Europe

Refugees and asylum seekers are increasingly being treated inhumanely just outside and within European borders. For example: hardly any access to legal assistance, few possibilities to provide a livelihood and months of (wrongly) detention. People are also sometimes forcibly pushed back to neighbouring countries without trial. These “pushbacks” are taking place, for example, between Greece and Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia and between Italy and Libya.

What does the Dutch Council for Refugees do?

We believe that Europe should bear joint responsibility for the protection of refugees. Asylum and refugee policy is increasingly determined in Brussels, rather than in The Hague. As a result, we must look beyond our national borders. We do this through advocacy, with practical support and by sharing our knowledge and expertise in with other human rights organizations in Europe.

Our current projects:


Our partners abroad

Many partners of our International program are members of the European umbrella organization ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles).

Our projects receive subsidies from, among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, private funds, the EU and the National Postcode Lottery.

DCR helps us to build capacity in fundraising, advocacy and many other areas. They support organizations to build resilience and to be better suited for the future, not only the ‘now’.

Artemis Papatheodorou is project manager at the Greek Council for Refugees

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Would you like to find out more about our international projects or how we can work together? Please do get in touch with Wies Maas, Coordinator International Programme: wmaas@vluchtelingenwerk.nl