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It starts with a business plan

It starts with a business plan

Do you like to start your own business while you receive or will receive an ‘uitkering’? It all starts with writing a business plan! This template business plan is provided by the Gemeente Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Gemeente Amsterdam Read More

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to do volunteer work?

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to do volunteer work?

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to do volunteer work? Volunteer work is a welcome way to spend the day for asylum seekers and status holders. It is also an easy way to get to know what it is like to work in the Netherlands. With a ... Read More

De oorlog in Syrië en de vluchtelingencrisis – in 6 minuten en 16 seconden

De oorlog in Syrië en de vluchtelingencrisis – in 6 minuten en 16 seconden

De oorlog in Syrië en de vluchtelingencrisis – in 6 minuten en 16 seconden. Het Duitse animatiebureau Kurzgesagt maakte dit geweldige filmpje. In no-time wordt duidelijk hoe groot de ramp is, waarom Europa te weinig doet en, belangrijker ... Read More

Asylum seeker, refugee, statusholder. What is the difference?

Asylum seeker, refugee, statusholder. What is the difference?

The terms refugee and asylum seeker are often used interchangeably. Who exactly is an asylum seeker? And when is someone a refugee? Take a look here at some of the answers to these questions and other frequently asked questions. Who is an Asylum Read More

New in the Netherlands

New in the Netherlands

(for persons entitled to asylum or forming a family and immigrants seeking family reunification) This brochure of the Dutch government contains information about what you must arrange when you come to the Netherlands. The brochure is intended ... Read More

No time to lose: from reception to integration of asylum migrants

No time to lose: from reception to integration of asylum migrants

WRR-Policy Brief 4: No time to lose: from reception to integration of asylum migrants Godfried Engbersen (WRR), Jaco Dagevos (SCP), Roel Jennissen (WODC), Linda Bakker (SCP/EUR) en Arjen Leerkens (WODC), met medewerking van Jeanine Klaver en ... Read More

Integration (‘inburgeren’)

Integration (‘inburgeren’)

Integrate: how? To integrate, you must learn Dutch. You must then learn how the Dutch people live and work. This is required by the government as indicated in the Civic Integration Act. You take the integration exams after you have learned ... Read More

Work and income

Work and income

Having the possibility to gain work experience while people are still into the asylum procedures in The Netherlands, will help to learn the language and integrate into the Dutch society. The law called “Wet Arbeid Vreemdelingen (WAV)” contains ... Read More

Finding work

Finding work

Looking for work in the Netherlands Do you want to work in the Netherlands? See the list below for suggestions as to how to find a job in the Netherlands. The internet Vacancies in newspapersNetwork sites Temporary and interim agencies Open ... Read More

Handreiking voor werkgevers

Handreiking voor werkgevers

VluchtelingenWerk Nederland heeft samen met bureau Raad en Respons een handreiking geschreven voor werkgevers die een vluchteling in dienst willen nemen. Waar moet of kunt u rekening mee houden? En welke (subsidie)regelingen komen u te hulp? ... Read More

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to intern or gain work experience?

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to intern or gain work experience?

Are asylum seekers and status holders allowed to intern or perform a work experience placement? Asylum seekers are allowed to intern if their procedure has been running for at least six months. When your procedure has not started yet and during ... Read More

Starting your own business

Starting your own business

Becoming an entrepreneur in the Netherlands can be a great alternative to being an employee for an employer. How to set up a business in the Netherlands There are several administrative issues you need to take care of when setting up a business. Read More

Brochure ‘Vrijwilligerswerk door asielzoekers en statushouders in de opvang’

Brochure ‘Vrijwilligerswerk door asielzoekers en statushouders in de opvang’

Maatschappelijke organisaties zonder winstoogmerk hebben vaak behoefte aan nieuwe vrijwilligers. Zij kunnen de hulp inschakelen van asielzoekers of statushouders die verblijven in een van de opvanglocaties van het COA. De brochure ... Read More

Studies and education – Frequently asked questions

Studies and education – Frequently asked questions

Not all refugees will be able to work right away. Most of them will have to study first. For adolescent and adult refugees vocational or higher education is the most logical choice. In that way they can obtain a diploma that will help them with ... Read More

How to find a study?

How to find a study?

Study in Holland is an initiative of Nuffic to promote and inform students worldwide about Dutch higher education. Study in Holland is the official starting point for all international students who are considering Holland as a study destination. Read More

Syrian versus Dutch Diploma’s

Syrian versus Dutch Diploma’s

View the Dutch comparison of diplomas from Syria. Basic Secondary Education Certificate (شهادة الدراسة التعليم الأساسي) Dutch comparison: 2 years of HAVO (NLQF* 2 / EQF* 2) Duration of studies: 9 years Type of education: basic and lower ... Read More

Diploma evaluation

Diploma evaluation

What is a credential evaluation? A credential evaluation is a written statement, which indicates the value of a foreign diploma or study programme in the Netherlands. It contains a comparison of a foreign diploma or study programme with the ... Read More

Dutch education system

Dutch education system

The Netherlands has a binary higher education system. Binary in this context means there are two types of higher education: research-oriented and profession-oriented: Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally ... Read More

Health insurance and health care benefits

Health insurance and health care benefits

Health care insurance Almost everyone in the Netherlands aged eighteen and older is obliged to have a health insurance, and to pay the required premium. The standard health insurance package covers basic medical costs, including visits to a ... Read More

Social security in The Netherlands (uitkering)

Social security in The Netherlands (uitkering)

Social security in the Netherlands The Netherlands have a social security system that is being used to help individuals and families, who find themselves in a challenging financial position. This includes people who receive insufficient income ... Read More

Minimum wage

Minimum wage

Minimum wage All employees aged between 23 and state pension age are entitled to the statutory minimum wage. This is the minimum you must receive if you work. Younger employees (15 to 22) are entitled to the minimum youth wage. The minimum wage ... Read More

Opleiding, studie en diploma’s – ondersteuning en organisaties

Opleiding, studie en diploma’s – ondersteuning en organisaties

Vluchtelingen hebben bij het volgen van een opleiding soms extra hulp nodig. Bijvoorbeeld omdat hun buitenlandse diploma in Nederland niet erkend wordt. Bekijk hier bij welke instanties u terecht kunt als u vluchtelingen wilt helpen bij het ... Read More

Subsidies voor werkgevers

Subsidies voor werkgevers

Wilt u een vluchteling in dienst nemen? Dan zijn er mogelijk regelingen waar u gebruik van kunt maken. Bijvoorbeeld premiekorting of gemeentelijke regelingen. Bekijk hieronder de mogelijkheden.   Fiscale regelingen Premiekorting ... Read More

Ondersteunende organisaties voor werkgevers

Ondersteunende organisaties voor werkgevers

Er zijn verschillende organisaties die u kunnen helpen als u een vluchteling in dienst wil nemen. Of wanneer u vluchtelingen wil helpen bij het vinden van werk of starten van een bedrijf. Bekijk hier waar u terecht kunt.   Een vluchteling ... Read More

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 >