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Cheap phone deals

Cheap phone deals

How much do you pay for your phone? GSMWEB is an independent website where you can compare telephone providers (GSM with ‘abonnement’ and ‘sim-only’s). Via this website you can find the best deals and also you can switch ... Read More

Studybooks (new and second hand)

Studybooks (new and second hand)

Studystore is the foremost students’ bookstore for Higher Professional Education (“HBO”) and universities (new and second hand books). Each year they supply textbooks and course materials to over 200,000 students of Higher Education throughout ... Read More

Discount on newspapers

Discount on newspapers

Do you read a Dutch Newspaper?   It’s a perfect way to improve your Dutch and learn more about what’s going in our cold country! Usually all newspapers have discounts, on this website all discounts are collected!   General Dutch ... Read More

Van Dale Beeldwoordenboeken

Van Dale Beeldwoordenboeken

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

Cheap Holidays, hotels and flight tickets

Cheap Holidays, hotels and flight tickets

Where to find cheap holidays, trips, day tickets and get aways? We often receive questions from our members relating to holiday websites. Which websites offer cheap deals and nice trips? We collected a few websites which we recommend. Most of ... Read More

Municipal and national benefits

Municipal and national benefits

Municipal and national benefits Here is a list of the municipal and national benefits that are available to you: Municipal benefits Collective insurance Laptop for schoolchildren Free public transport for people aged over 65 Schoolchildren’s ... Read More

Legal matters- Housing (tenancy agreements)

Legal matters- Housing (tenancy agreements)

Rented housing Both social and private (non-subsidised) housing can be rented in the Netherlands. Rules apply to both the tenant and the housing association or landlord. They cover security of tenure, rent, rent increases, maintenance, service ... Read More

Finding a house or room in The Netherlands

Finding a house or room in The Netherlands

Finding a place to live in The Netherlands can be a tough operation, especially in popular cities. Your first social house will be provided by your municipality, read this blog for more information. If you want to move to an other house there ... Read More

Getting house from your municipality

Getting house from your municipality

Housing cooperations In the Netherlands, housing is divided into two sectors: social housing and the free sector (private housing). Social housing in the Netherlands is mostly meant for people with lower incomes. The law ... Read More

Healthcare insurance

Healthcare insurance

Finding and selecting the best health insurance Finding and selecting the best deal for a health insurance can be difficult. ZorgKiezer.nl is a reliable and independent comparison website for all Dutch health insurances. Each year on January 1 ... Read More

The Dutch school system

The Dutch school system

Dutch public education is of a very high standard, and only a very small proportion of pupils attend private schools. There are three types of education: public, private and special education. The difference is that public schools receive ... Read More

Dating sites

Dating sites

In Holland we have many datingsites. These websites are used to connect with other people for a serious relation but also for normal friendships. Usually you can first subscribe for free but if you want to chat or contact people, you first need ... Read More

Cheap laptops and smartphones

Cheap laptops and smartphones

Are you looking for cheap but reliable laptop or smartphone? Laptops4all sells refurbished laptops. Mobieltjetekoop.nl sells refurbished smartphones (sim-lock free). A refubished laptop is used but 100% checked and without damages (only some ... Read More

Van AZC naar een Baan – presentatie juridisch onderzoeksrapport

Van AZC naar een Baan – presentatie juridisch onderzoeksrapport

Welke hindernissen komen vluchtelingen tegen op hun weg naar een baan? Onderzoekers van de UvA ontrafelden met behulp van een groep leden van Refugee Start Force de Nederlandse wet- en regelgeving rond arbeidsmarktintegratie. In “Van AZC naar ... Read More

Schakeljaar

Do you consider following a ‘Schakeljaar’ (preparatory year) at a Dutch educational institute (MBO, HBO or University)? Here you can find an overview of all Dutch institutes that offer such a ‘prep year’.   ... Read More

Obada explaining the importance of volunteer work

Obada explaining the importance of volunteer work

Meet our Ambassador Obada Kabbani. Impressive video Obada! https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=0uF89sLHW6g

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

Volunteer work – rules and compensation

Volunteer work – rules and compensation

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

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 By focusing simultaneously on housing, language acquisition, training and work, public authorities will minimise the amount of valuable time lost in ... 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 higher education system

Dutch higher 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 care benefit (zorgtoeslag)

Health care benefit (zorgtoeslag)

Health care benefits In many cases you can qualify for a contribution towards healthcare costs in the form of so-called “care allowance”. This care allowance can pay a part of the compulsory health insurance costs. Whether you are actually ... 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

Health care for asylum seekers (non-statusholders)

Health care for asylum seekers (non-statusholders)

Health care The medical care provided to asylum seekers is as similar as possible to regular Dutch healthcare. Asylum seekers, like Dutch residents, can visit a general practitioner, midwife or hospital. One of the COA staff’s important duties ... 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

Asylum procedure

Asylum procedure

Asylum seekers may be given asylum in the Netherlands if they need protection from persecution in their own country on religious or ethnic grounds, for instance. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) assesses whether an asylum seeker ... Read More

Aantallen & herkomst

Aantallen & herkomst

In 2015 hebben in Nederland 58.800 asielzoekers een asielaanvraag gedaan. De verwachting is dat 70 procent van deze asielzoekers een verblijfsvergunning krijgt en wordt erkend als vluchteling. Het aantal asielzoekers van wie in 2015 de ... 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

SER lanceert website ‘Werkwijzer Vluchtelingen’

SER lanceert website ‘Werkwijzer Vluchtelingen’

De SER lanceert een online startpunt voor werkgevers en organisaties die zich richten op de maatschappelijke participatie van vluchtelingen. De website www.werkwijzervluchtelingen.nl maakt alle beschikbare informatie over (arbeids-) participatie Read More

Compare mobile phone providers (phone+provider)

Compare mobile phone providers (phone+provider)

When you get to the Netherlands and there are many things you need to organize. One of those things is getting a mobile phone and mobile phone provider as this is part of our “basic needs”. In The Netherlands there are many mobile providers you ... Read More

The greenest and cheapest energy providers

The greenest and cheapest energy providers

When you get a house in the Netherlands and there are many things you need to organize. One of those things is getting enenery provider as they is part of our “basic needs”. In The Netherlands there are many energy providers you can choose from. Read More

Compare mobile phone providers (‘sim-only’)

Compare mobile phone providers (‘sim-only’)

When you get to the Netherlands and there are many things you need to organize. One of those things is getting a mobile phone and mobile phone provider as this is part of our “basic needs”. In The Netherlands there are many mobile providers you ... Read More

Comparing Dutch internet and television providers

Comparing Dutch internet and television providers

When you get a house in the Netherlands and there are many things you need to organize. One of those things is getting an internet and television connection as they are part of our “basic needs”. In The Netherlands there are many internet and ... Read More

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