Return to Syria

[ Terugkeer naar Syrië ]

VluchtelingenWerk does not consider the conditions for return to Syria to be safe enough. It is important to us that you can build a safe and sustainable future after your return. That is why we do not provide this assistance for Syria. We would be happy to discuss the reasons or problems that are causing you to consider returning to Syria. Do you still want to look for an organization that can help you return to Syria? Then we can put you in touch with such an organization.

The Dutch government has money for people who return independently. Various organisations can apply for this money for you. It is paid out partly in the form of goods and services (in kind). At some organisations, for example, you can take a short training course to learn a certain trade, and at other organisations you can receive assistance in working out a future plan and at others obtain tools for your own business. The financial value of the support in goods or services is the same at each organisation. You can only apply to one organisation at a time. The government monitors this.

In addition to this assistance, there is support under the REAN scheme (Return and Emigration Assistance from the Netherlands). IOM is the organisation that implements this scheme on commission from the government. Under REAN you can obtain counselling, a plane ticket, assistance in obtaining travel documents and an allowance for the initial needs. You must however meet several conditions.

What contributions are there?

[ Welke vergoedingen zijn er? ]

The contributions for return to Syria are:

  • €1800 for an adult, of which no more than €300 in cash.
  • €2800 for a child travelling along or an unaccompanied minor, of which no more than €300 in cash.

For example: a family of 2 adults and one minor child will receive €1800 + €1800 + €2800 = €6400. Of this total amount no more than €900 will be paid in cash.

Which organisations assist with return?

[ Welke organisaties helpen bij terugkeer? ]
  • VluchtelingenWerk does not provide return assistance to Syria. We would be happy to discuss the reasons or problems that are causing you to consider returning to Syria. We can put you in touch with another organization.
  • Solid Road offers support through personal coaching and guidance in the Netherlands and, together with you, makes a plan for spending your funds. Solid Road also offers guidance at Schiphol on the day of departure and in the country of origin, by partner organizations that help you build a new life. You can also follow training in the Netherlands (free of charge) so you can learn a trade in order to provide for yourself after your return. Solid Road has employees who speak Arabic, Kurdish, English, French, Dutch and German.
  • Stichting ROS has projects including Vice Versa 5.0. With this project you can receive support if you return voluntarily to your country of origin, aimed at your personal situation. Together with a return coach from your own country, you prepare for your return, you make a future plan together and see how you want to spend the return funds. You can undergo training or take a course so that you can start working after you return.
  • Goedwerk Foundation offers solutions for return aimed at your personal situation. The team of Goedwerk Foundation consists experts, social workers and trainers who speak English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Tigrinya, Farsi, Pashtu and Dari. Together with you they carefully prepare your return and offer support in, for example, obtaining documents, an embassy visit, medical assistance, contact with family members and making a future plan to invest the funds. In addition, they can offer guidance on the flight if necessary. Goedwerk Foundation uses partner organizations (via the network of the Dutch Council for Refugees) in various countries of origin and also has its own network of returnees in various countries.

Which cooperation partners are there in your country of origin?

[ Welke samenwerkingspartners zijn er in jouw land van herkomst? ]

VluchtelingenWerk works together with partner organisations in various countries that can give you information on the situation in your country of origin and can support and assist you when you return. VluchtelingenWerk does not consider the circumstances in Syria safe for return. We therefore do not have a cooperation partner in Syria to assist you.

Other organisations sometimes do have a partner in Lebanon or Syria that could assist you when you return. For more information, please contact these organisations or ask your counsellor from VluchtelingenWerk about this. 

Contact and advice


If you need personal advice or guidance, please contact the Dutch Council for Refugees in your reception centre or municipality. Type the place name or postcode where you are staying.

Spreekuur means consulting hours. Sometimes it says Juridisch spreekuur. These consulting hours are meant for matters around your residence status or family reunification.

If the Dutch Council for Refugees is not active in your municipality, the contact details of the regional head office are shown above. In that case, please contact your municipality or the organisation in your municipality that provides guidance to refugees.