News & Events blog

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.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to a selection of inspiring events and projects organized and/or facilitated by our community.

New course for entrepreneurs

New course for entrepreneurs

Rotterdam & Amsterdam: Refugees Forward is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially in the Rotterdam area! Refugees Forward ... Read More

Hilton/Starbucks event Schiphol 17 november 2018

Hilton/Starbucks event Schiphol 17 november 2018

Schiphol: Heb jij een vluchtelingenachtergrond? Wil jij meer weten over werken in een hotel in Nederland? Of wil je in gesprek gaan met Read More

Exhbition ‘Aleppo’ in the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

Exhbition ‘Aleppo’ in the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

The floor is open! Please visit the exhbition ‘Aleppo’ in the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam. 11 RSF members who lived in Aleppo ... Read More

“Het gaat niet alleen over wie je bent, maar ook over wie je kent!”

“Het gaat niet alleen over wie je bent, maar ook over wie je kent!”

Thanks Mohammad Kafina for your great article about your RSF experiences! Let the force be with you! Congrats to all who worked so hard Read More

Honderden Correspondentleden interviewden leden van Refugee Start Force over hun nieuwe bestaan

Honderden Correspondentleden interviewden leden van Refugee Start Force over hun nieuwe bestaan

Honderden Correspondentleden interviewden leden van Refugee Start Force over hun nieuwe bestaan. Wat blijkt: persoonlijk contact is het Read More

Going Dutch. Holland’s refugee integration success story

Going Dutch. Holland’s refugee integration success story

Last summer RT Doc from Russia visited Holland to find the recipe for success. One of its ingredients are volunteer-based NGO’s ... Read More

Vijf vluchtelingen met een belangrijke boodschap aan alle Nederlanders

Vijf vluchtelingen met een belangrijke boodschap aan alle Nederlanders

Dat ​ze hier niet voor ​hun plezier ​zijn. Dat ze niet uit een onderontwikkeld land kom​en. Dat ze mensen zijn en meer contact willen ... Read More

De Correspondent interview met Joost van der Hel

De Correspondent interview met Joost van der Hel

‘Vluchtelingen aan een baan helpen: zo regelen we dat’ Er zijn genoeg banen in Nederland. Toch slagen vluchtelingen er ... 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 ... Read More

FOAM INVITES PHOTOGRAPHERS TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS!

FOAM INVITES PHOTOGRAPHERS TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS!

Do you like photography and do you live in Amsterdam?   This Tuesday 14 March we start a series of photography lessons at Foam ... Read More

We are searching for teachers English!

We are searching for teachers English!

Are you a statusholder with extensive experience as a teacher English? Newcomers with extensive experience as a teacher are invited to ... Read More

Start Me Up: het nieuwe netwerk van kersverse Nederlanders

Start Me Up: het nieuwe netwerk van kersverse Nederlanders

Ontmoet de nieuwe burgers van Nederland. Unieke personen met skills en kwaliteiten, die vaak zo snel mogelijk willen beginnen met ... Read More

Radio 1 helpt Refugee Start Force met unieke actie

Radio 1 helpt Refugee Start Force met unieke actie

Net een hektisch radio-nachtje afgesloten waarin we samen met Radio 1 en Whocares zes vluchtelingen aan een baan probeerden te krijgen. Read More

Zohor, haar karatecursus en onze Ambassador Mohammad in een reportage bij Brandpunt Plus!

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak-Dx1R-yWY

KNVB invites newcomers to work as a volunteer

KNVB invites newcomers to work as a volunteer

We received a great offer from the KNVB (Dutch football association)! The UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 will take place in the Netherlands ... Read More

Netwerkbijeenkomst Amsterdamse Aanpak Statushouders

Netwerkbijeenkomst Amsterdamse Aanpak Statushouders

Refugee Start Force joined the ‘Netwerkbijeenkomst Amsterdamse Aanpak Statushouders’. Congrats to all 16 projects which ... Read More

Amsterdam Museum Expert Meeting

Amsterdam Museum Expert Meeting

Today we had a great brainstorm session and came up with ideas and plans on how musea can help newcomers. From free access for Dutch ... Read More

There is no difference

There is no difference

Met de expositie There Is No Difference wil fotograaf Willemijn Kappers de overeenkomsten laten zien tussen Nederlanders en ... Read More

TROPENMUSEUM – EXHIBITION ALEPPO

TROPENMUSEUM – EXHIBITION ALEPPO

The Tropenmuseum is searching for Syrian hosts for the exhibition Aleppo (31 March – 10 September 2017). Did you live or work in ... Read More

Het kan wel

Het kan wel

Het kan wel sprak initiatiefnemer Joost van der Hel over Refugee Start Force, het winnen van de ASN Bank Wereldprijs en zijn plannen ... Read More

Student Jobcoach

Student Jobcoach

Are you looking for work experience, employment or education, and could you use some help? Unsure about what you can do with your ... Read More

Networking event for journalists

Networking event for journalists

Thanks Onfile for hosting this great network meeting for refugee journalists and writers! It was a very inspiring event. Tolhuistuin, ... Read More

Soccer club SDZ is looking for volunteers

Soccer club SDZ is looking for volunteers

Assistant – trainer soccer 3-6 hrs a week SDZ is a soccer club in Amsterdam West (Transformaterweg 10, Amsterdam) with 1100 members and Read More

Thanks to all Opencribbers!

Thanks to all Opencribbers!

Before we forget and dive fully into the new year, we want to thank all the people – newcomers and locals – who opened ... Read More

SER onderzoekt praktijkvoorbeelden

SER onderzoekt praktijkvoorbeelden

De SER heeft zich gebogen over de vraag hoe vluchtelingen met een verblijfsvergunning sneller aan het werk kunnen komen. Hiervoor heeft Read More

OPENCRIB

OPENCRIB

A few weeks ago we got together with Ben&Jerry’s, TakecareBNB and Refugee Start Force at our Whocares headquarters. Like many ... Read More

Terugblik symposium ‘de buren van statushouders’.

Terugblik symposium ‘de buren van statushouders’.

Op dinsdag 29 november jl. kwamen ruim 130 statushouders en professionals uit het sociale domein bij elkaar voor het symposium ‘De ... Read More

DISCUSSION WITH PANNEL WITH AKZONOBEL ON 14 DECEMBER IN AMSTERDAM

DISCUSSION WITH PANNEL WITH AKZONOBEL ON 14 DECEMBER IN AMSTERDAM

AkzoNobel Graduate Development Program likes to meet RSF community members for a meeting on 14 December (9.00 till 11.00) in the RSF ... Read More

Entrepreneurship dinner for newcomers

Entrepreneurship dinner for newcomers

Happy to announce that the launch of a full entrepreneurship program for ‘newcomers’ at the University of Applied Sciences ... Read More

RSF is the winner of the ASN Bank Wereldprijs 2016 !!!!

RSF is the winner of the ASN Bank Wereldprijs 2016 !!!!

MABROUK !!!!!!!!!!!! RSF is the winner of the ASN Bank Wereldprijs 2016 !!!!!!!!! 1.000.000 times thank you, shukran and dank je wel to Read More

Volunteers needed for a theater play in the Amsterdam Schouwburg

Volunteers needed for a theater play in the Amsterdam Schouwburg

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A THEATER PLAY IN THE AMSTERDAM SCHOUWBURG – GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!!   Connect with people through the power ... Read More

SER Inspiratiesessie ‘Vluchtelingen aan het werk’

SER Inspiratiesessie ‘Vluchtelingen aan het werk’

Wachten, wachten, wachten, dat is nog steeds een belangrijke belemmering bij de integratie van vluchtelingen. Tijdens de ... Read More

NEXT EAT TO MEET – 25TH OF NOVEMBER – GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

NEXT EAT TO MEET – 25TH OF NOVEMBER – GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

On November 25th at 19.00 it’s time for another Eat to Meet @ Pakhuis de Zwijger! Newcomers and Dutch people are warmly invited for the Read More

ARE YOU SPECIALISED IN AGRICULTURE?

ARE YOU SPECIALISED IN AGRICULTURE?

ARE YOU SPECIALISED IN AGRICULTURE? Agricultural engineers, teachers, farmers or traders in agricultural products. Refugee Start Force ... Read More

Rondvaarten voor vluchtelingen – 26 oktober 2016

Rondvaarten voor vluchtelingen – 26 oktober 2016

Samenwerking met Amsterdam Museum, Canal Company, Refugee Start Force en Maatschappij tot Nut van ‘t Algemeen Sinds februari 2016 Read More

NEXT EAT TO MEET – 21TH OF OCTOBER

NEXT EAT TO MEET – 21TH OF OCTOBER

NEXT EAT TO MEET – 21TH OF OCTOBER It’s time to eat together again! On October 21th at 19.00 there is another edition of eat to ... Read More

Building bridges project

Building bridges project

Phbm in collaboration with Refugee Start Force, UAF and Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland started a project called ‘ Building ... Read More

ARE YOU SPECIALIZED IN ICT? 15 GREAT ICT JOBS AVAILABLE !

ARE YOU SPECIALIZED IN ICT? 15 GREAT ICT JOBS AVAILABLE !

ARE YOU A STATUS HOLDER SPECIALIZED IN ICT? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A COOL JOB? NEW EXPAT EVENT – 31 OCTOBER – AMSTERDAM Read ... Read More

De Correspondent and Refugee Start Force start a unique journalism project

De Correspondent and Refugee Start Force start a unique journalism project

Become a reporter (correspondent) and help the media to talk with refugees and not only about refugees! The Correspondent is (in our ... Read More

Unseen Photo Fair – Studio Aleppo

Unseen Photo Fair – Studio Aleppo

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR A GREAT PHOTO PROJECT AND EXHIBITION – STUDIO ALEPPO From September 16 till September 25, Amsterdam ... Read More

Vluchtelingen leren zichzelf te verkopen

Vluchtelingen leren zichzelf te verkopen

Advalvas reports first RefuGenius Workshop Please click here to read the full article.

Prinsjesdag lecture for refugees – Tilburg University

Prinsjesdag lecture for refugees – Tilburg University

September 20, the third Tuesday in September is ‘Prince’s Day’ (Prinsjesdag) in the Netherlands. On that day, in his ... Read More

Czaar Peterfestival invites refugees

Czaar Peterfestival invites refugees

Het fijne jaarlijkse Czaar Peterfestival staat pal na de grote vakantie weer voor de deur! 11 September is het weer zover; mooie ... Read More

NEDERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL – Buddyproject

NEDERLANDS FILM FESTIVAL – Buddyproject

Kick Off Buddyproject Gevluchte filmmakers uit onder andere Syrië, Iran en Nigeria zullen samen met Nederlandse filmmakers, onder ... Read More

Refugees needed for Expert Pannel Lodewijk Asscher

Refugees needed for Expert Pannel Lodewijk Asscher

Volunteer work helps refugees to become more active, get out of the AZC, meet Dutch people and learn about our culture and language. ... Read More

Metro interviews Refugee Start Force

Metro interviews Refugee Start Force

Today Metro interviewed our founder, Joost. Thanks Metro for the nice article and pictures! Read the article here.

IT professionals Event Nyenrode Business School and RSF @ Hotel Casa400

IT professionals Event Nyenrode Business School and RSF @ Hotel Casa400

IT professionals New Expat Event   Innovative, socially responsible ICT COMPANIES WANTED ! Why would you consider hiring refugees (we ... Read More

RefuGenius workshops for refugees

RefuGenius workshops for refugees

As you know, in collaboration with partner Enactus, we hosted a number of workshops at the Free University over the past months with ... Read More

Monthly eat to meet at Pakhuis de Zwijger

Monthly eat to meet at Pakhuis de Zwijger

Pakhuis de Zwijger and Refugee Start Force organize a monthly ‘Eat to meet’ This year Amsterdam will welcome many new ... Read More

Journalism & media networking event

Journalism & media networking event

Op woensdag 24 augustus organiseerde Net in Nederland een bijeenkomst speciaal voor vluchtelingen met een media-achtergrond. De ... Read More

Filmtheater Kriterion

Filmtheater Kriterion

Old and new citizens of Amsterdam and surroundings are welcomed by Kriterion, in collaboration with Vluchtelingen-Welkom and Refugee ... Read More

Interview with Mo Awesome

Interview with Mo Awesome

We are proud to present to you this interview with our ambassador Mohammed Al Masri (alias Mo Awesome) about his volunteer job which we Read More

Lawyers meet lawyers

Lawyers meet lawyers

Coffee interview with Sprudge

Coffee interview with Sprudge

Thanks Sprudge, Karina Hof, Holland Sam and Merel Bird for this nice article. Anne & Max thanks for supporting us so warmly and of ... Read More

Housing Corporations Study

Housing Corporations Study

GOOGLE networking day

GOOGLE networking day

GOOGLE wants to meet and help you! This year Google’s annual employee day was dedicated to newcomers and Refugee Start Force was ... Read More

Bijeenkomst Ministerie SZW

Bijeenkomst Ministerie SZW

Bijeenkomst: ‘Extra inzet op vrijwilligerswerk door asielzoekers en statushouders in de opvang’ Afgelopen maandag vond in Den Haag de ... Read More

Aan de slag met nieuwe Amsterdammers

Aan de slag met nieuwe Amsterdammers

On Thursday March 24, a symposium named ‘Aan de slag met nieuwe Amsterdammers’ was organized. Amsterdam based NGOs as ... Read More

Weekly museum visit for refugees

Weekly museum visit for refugees

Since Februari 2016 we organize a weekly museum visit for refugees. Every Wednesday a free museum tour is organized at Amsterdam ... Read More

5 mei ‘Freedom Meal’ in Amsterdam Museum

5 mei ‘Freedom Meal’ in Amsterdam Museum

As you may know, we celebrate Liberation Day on May 5th in the Netherlands and many people organize so-called Freedom Meals in ... Read More

Collaboration with Net in Nederland

Collaboration with Net in Nederland

Dutch public broadcasters have launched a website where refugees and newcomers to the Netherlands can access on-demand Dutch television Read More

Collaboration with CNN International

Collaboration with CNN International

Refugee Start Force participated in CNN’s project ‘What Syrians want you to know, 55 stories of lost homes, lost lives and ... Read More

Start Me Up: het nieuwe netwerk van kersverse nederlanders

Start Me Up: het nieuwe netwerk van kersverse nederlanders

Start Me Up: het nieuwe netwerk van kersverse nederlanders Ze zijn nu nog vluchtelingen, maar worden binnenkort nieuwe burgers van ... Read More

Speed date event with hotels

Speed date event with hotels

Today a great Hospitality speed dating event was organized in Hotel Casa 400 in Amsterdam. Thirty status holders met 20 Amsterdam based Read More

Big Improvement Doe Dag – Den Haag

Big Improvement Doe Dag – Den Haag

Big Improvement Doe Dag – Den Haag Speeddating between employers and status holders.   What a great Succes !!!   Thanks Ceasar ... Read More

Meet & Greet Clingendael

Meet & Greet Clingendael

MEET & GREET CLINGENDAEL Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael – Conflict Research Unit Location: Den ... Read More

Visit to International Criminal Court

Visit to International Criminal Court

In collaboration with the ‘Amsterdamse Orde van Advocaten’ and the Amsterdam Center for International Law & Criminal ... Read More

Medisch Contact – De lange weg naar erkenning

Medisch Contact – De lange weg naar erkenning

Medisch Contact published a great article about our Medical Meet & Greet event at the AMC. Thanks Medisch Contact!

Rederij Staets invites RSF for a boat trip

Rederij Staets invites RSF for a boat trip

Thanks Rederij Staets for the lovely boottrip!

Geodan invites IT specialists for a coffee

Geodan invites IT specialists for a coffee

On Februari 17, 2016, Geodan invited IT specialists for a coffee.  

NOS Nieuwsuur & Radio 1 interview

NOS Nieuwsuur & Radio 1 interview

Thanks NOS and Nieuwsuur and Radio 1 for supporting us and reporting our Medical Meet & Greet Event! Great interview with Renske ... Read More

AMC Medical Professionals Meet & Greet

AMC Medical Professionals Meet & Greet

Did you arrive in Holland as a refugee in the last year or two? Do you have a medical background, for example a degree in medicine, ... Read More

Bimhuis invites Refugee Start Force

Bimhuis invites Refugee Start Force

On January 24, 2016, Bimhuis invited 30 members of Refugee Start Force for a music performance. Turkish ensemble Istanbul Solistleri ... Read More

Whocares: ‘Refugee Start Force is booming!’

Whocares: ‘Refugee Start Force is booming!’

Refugee Start Force is booming! De facebookpagina brengt vluchtelingen in contact met Nederlandse vakgenoten. Oprichter Joost van der ... Read More