Important information in your own language
When you are new to the Netherlands, there are many things unknown and complex. As long as you have not mastered the Dutch language, it is difficult to find the right information. Whereas you must settle all kinds of important affairs. On this website, you will find relevant information for refugees in your own language.
The Dutch Council for Refugees will remain available in the 'corona crisis'
Services by the Dutch Council for Refugees (VWN) will also continue during the 'corona crisis'. Refugees can keep counting on our support in these turbulent times. We will continue to respond to urgent questions. But the coming time we will do so differently. We can answer many question via telephone, email, or WhatsApp. If this can't be done, the team leader of the Dutch Council for Refugees can decide to schedule you an appointment at our office.
So: call us or email your question. See the poster put up in our office for the telephone number and email address.
Or see the panel on the right of this page (on laptops) or below (on smartphones) and enter your city or town into the white bar.
Civic integration classes by the Dutch Council for Refugees will be cancelled the coming weeks. All schools throughout the country have been closed. We are looking for options to teach our classes online via 'remote learning'. More information about this will be ready soon. Participants will be given instructions for online learning by their teacher.
For questions: contact your teacher or the team leader at your teaching facility.
For more information about corona, please see: pharos.nl/coronavirus
Work & income
How to integrate
If you are not granted asylum
Information for children
Are you younger than 18 years of age and looking for information about school, living in a reception centre, or Dutch culture? The Children's Helpline and the Dutch Council for Refugees have websites especially for refugee children. Go to: www.tell-me.nl
About the Dutch Council for Refugees
The Dutch Council for Refugees is an independent organisation that acts in the best interests of refugees and asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Our employees and many volunteers commit themselves to the protection of asylum seekers and refugees by providing personal support and representing their interests at their admission, reception, and social participation. We base our work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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