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Do you have questions about (finding) shelter or permanent housing? On this page, you will find information on what to do if you are looking for a place to live in the Netherlands.


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Last updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Are you a refugee from Ukraine, but do not have Ukrainian nationality? If so, the first thing to consider is whether you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive. If you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive, you have different rights and obligations than someone who does not.

Shelter for non-Ukrainian refugees

Did you flee Ukraine, but do not have Ukrainian nationality? Then the first thing to check is whether you are eligible for Temporary Protection. If you do not have Ukrainian nationality, you are eligible for shelter in a shelter for refugees from Ukraine if:

  • You had a valid permanent Ukrainian residence permit on 23 February 2022 and did not leave Ukraine before 27 November 2021 and did not return to your home country before 23 February 2022; or

  • On 23 February 2022, you were a refugee recognised by Ukraine;

  • You are the partner, a minor child or a dependent family member of someone covered by the Temporary Protection Directive. You are therefore also entitled to temporary protection; or

  • You were registered in the BRP before 19 July 2022. In this case, you are entitled to shelter until 4 March 2023.

If you do not have Ukrainian nationality, you are not eligible to stay in a shelter for refugees from Ukraine when:

  • You had a temporary residence permit in Ukraine (e. g. on the basis of study or work) and were not registered in the BRP before 19 July 2022.


No right to Ukraine shelter?

If you are not entitled to shelter in a Ukraine shelter, there are two things you can do:

  • If you are in danger in your homeland, you can apply for asylum in Ter Apel. Due to various circumstances, it can take a long time before your asylum application is processed; or

  • If you can safely return to your country of origin, then you can return. If you are unable to arrange your return journey, please contact DT&V or IOM


Right to shelter, but refused or evicted?

Are you entitled to municipal shelter but did you get refused or evicted? Please get in touch with a branch of VluchteligenWerk Nederland in your area. There people can help you check whether you are indeed entitled to shelter and, if necessary, contact the municipality. VluchtelingenWerk cannot directly arrange shelter for you.

Do you have questions about the asylum procedure or return to the country of origin? Then too, you are welcome to visit a consultation hour of VluchtelingenWerk in your area.