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Last updated: 11/30/2022, 1:10 PM

Published at: 11/22/2022, 3:43 PM

Changes to the living allowance per 1 February 2023

Earlier this month, the Dutch government announced that there will be changes to the Reception of Displaced Persons Ukraine (RooO) scheme. Because the RooO was set up within a short period of time, it is more generous than the schemes for asylum seekers, status holders and welfare recipients. To make the RooO more compatible with living allowance schemes for other groups in the Netherlands, The Dutch government, together with the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), evaluated the RooO and adjusted it where necessary. In this article, you will read about the exact (upcoming) changes to the living allowance for refugees from Ukraine.

The changes to the RooO mean a change in living allowance, but also in shelter rules. You can read more about that in this article.

From 1 December 2022, refugees from Ukraine will receive more money for clothing and personal expenses. The new amount is €56.12 per month (previously €55).

From 1 February 2023, the living allowance for refugees from Ukraine will change. Until 1 February 2023, the living allowance (for food) remains at €205 per person. From February 1, 2023 onwards, the amount you get will depend on the size of your family. The more people in your family, the lower the amount per person.

  • If your family consists of 1 or 2 people, you will receive €215.06 per adult and €178.36 per minor, per month.

  • If your family consists of 3 people, you will receive €171.99 per adult and €142.57 per minor, per month.

  • If your family consists of four people or more, you will receive €150.45 per adult and €124.97 per minor, per month.

You do not get money for food at the moment you stay in a municipal shelter where food is provided for you.

For people staying with host families, the additional allowance on the living allowance will be reduced. Currently, the additional allowance is €215 per adult and €55 per minor, but from 1 February 2023, it will be €93 per month for both adults, and minors.

The final change that will take effect from 1 February 2023 is the change in the rules for work and living allowance. Currently, you receive living allowance until you start working. The rest of the family continues to receive living allowance when you start working. From 1 February 2023, the whole family's living allowance will stop if someone aged 18 or over starts working. This will also happen if someone aged 18 or older receives welfare benefits from the Dutch government.

Want to read up on the changes before they take effect on 1 December 2022 and 1 February 2023? Then take a look at the fact sheet from the Dutch government. The factsheet can be read in Dutch, English and Ukrainian and contains all the information on the upcoming changes.

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