Dutch Council for Refugees

The Dutch Council for Refugees seeks to protect and defend the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Refugees have the right to a fair asylum procedure, access to adequate housing, education, health care and work. The Dutch Council for Refugees is an independent, non-governmental organisation that defends those rights.

What we do

With more than 12.500 volunteers and around a thousand paid employees we offer refugees support during their asylum procedure and their integration in the Dutch society. We do this through projects related to language learning, integration, work, refugee children, financial literacy and return- and future counselling. In addition, we provide legal advice and information during the asylum procedure, we give advice to asylum lawyers and we support strategic litigation. The Dutch Council for Refugees ensures fair refugee and asylum policies and practices by actively advocating for the rights of refugees. Furthermore, we continue to work for a welcoming society through campaigns, public encounters and storytelling.

Our organisation

With one National Office, 5 regional offices, and more than 300 local branches we are active throughout the country.

ECRE: Influencing the European agenda

The Dutch Council for Refugees is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). With more than 100 member organisations in 40 countries, ECRE is a pan-European alliance of NGO’s protecting and advancing the rights or refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Through its office in Brussels, ECRE promotes fair and humane European asylum policies and practice.

Are you a refugee?

Are you a refugee and are you looking for information that is specifically meant for you? You can visit our website: RefugeeHelp. It provides information for refugees in the Netherlands in 11 languages. Are you looking for any practical support during your asylum procedure or your integration in Dutch society? Please contact one of our offices.

Website in English

Not all sections of our website are available in English. If you like you can make use of Google Translate to view this website in English or another language. Select your language in the menu below. 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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