Refugee Start Force

“Connecting people, creating networks”

Refugee Start Force is the biggest networking community worldwide for refugees, locals, organizations & companies.

We create social and professional networks with the aim to help refugees to integrate more quickly in the Dutch society, learn language and to find opportunities for volunteer work, internships and jobs.

Our guiding objective is empowering refugees to participate more quickly into the Dutch society and labor market and built a successful life in The Netherlands.

We aim to match refugees, locals, organizations and companies based on professions, skills and expertizes. Our networking groups, projects and events  enable refugees to find contacts who can help them to further develop professional skills and ambitions.

We believe that one simple cup of coffee can be basis for the key piece of information that makes a real difference in the life of a refugee!

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For who?

Refugees & locals

  • Meet people online and make friends.
  • Have a coffee or a dinner with locals and refugees.
  • Find locals who like to help you to realize your ambitions.
  • Ask your questions and help with learning Dutch and administrative matters.
  • Find and organize events and meetings to meet locals.

Companies & organizations

  • Organize a meeting or presentation, share experiences and help refugees to learn about the Dutch society and labour market.
  • Invite refugees for (CV, interview training or language) training or workshop.
  • Help refugees from your sector with their study and job orientation.
  • Create volunteer opportunities, internships and job vacancies for refugees.

Our Facebook Groups

Coffee Groups

We have created five ‘Coffee Groups’ on Facebook for different parts of
The Netherlands.

  • Introduce yourself, meet people and make friends.
  • Learn about the Dutch society and culture.
  • Post and find interesting events near your location.
  • Integrate more quickly into the Dutch society.

Expert Groups

We have created ‘Expert Groups’ on Facebook for different sectors and professions.

  • Find people, companies and organizations active in your sector.
  • Learn about your professional in The Netherlands.
  • Post and find networking events, courses and seminars.
  • Post and find opportunities for internships and jobs.

Other Facebook Groups

Volunteer work & internships

We explore opportunities for refugees to perform volunteer work and internships. We examine possibilities for more ‘experimental space’ within the current legislation.

Entrepreneurs & own business

We aim to stimulate entrepreneurship and explore opportunities to facilitate collaboration between refugees, (pre-) accelerator programs, mentors, investors and local start-ups.

Language & integration

It’s our mission to let refugees integrate more quickly into the Dutch society. Our community members like to help refugees with learning the Dutch language and ‘inburgering’.

Our partners & friends

To Contribute to positive change and achieve our goals, we partner with extraordinary organizations. Their support enables us to do far more than we could alone and their passion and talent inspire us.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a handful of the organizations connected to our community and who support us financially, provide their knowledge and assistance and help us to organize events. View all our friends and partners >

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Projects & events

Volunteer projects, internships and paid jobs

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