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Living allowance if you fled from Ukraine
Last updated: 7/3/2024, 2:29 PM

Have you fled Ukraine and fall under the Temporary Protection Directive (RTB)? Then you will probably get money from the Dutch government for food, clothing and other personal expenses. Do you have a job? Then you will not receive living allowance and you will help pay for your reception.

You get money for clothing and food if you do not have your own income

When you come to the Netherlands as a refugee from Ukraine, you get money for food, clothing and other personal expenses. This is called living allowance. You get this money as long as you do not have your own income. Both adults and children are entitled to this money.

How much money you get depends on your family composition. And also whether the reception centre where you are staying makes food for you. Did you come to the Netherlands with your family? Then you will get a lower amount of food money per person than if you are on your own. Do you live in a municipal reception centre (GOO) where food is made for you? Then you will not receive any food money.

This is how much living allowance you will receive

Are you entitled to living allowance? Then the amount you get per month depends in part on your age and family composition. In all situations, you will receive € 62.66 for clothing and € 80.91 for other expenses per person per month.

The amount for food money varies depending on the situation:

You are single

  • You get €242.48 food money per month.

There are several of you and you are 18 years of age or older

  • There are 2 of you: €242.48 food money per person per month.

  • There are 3 of you: €193.98 food money per person per month.

  • There are 4 or more of you: € 169.74 food money per person per month.

There are several of you and you are under the age of 18

  • There are 2 of you: €200.65 food money per person per month.

  • There are 3 of you: €160.64 food money per person per month.

  • There are 4 or more of you: € 140.34 food money per person per month.

You do not receive living allowance if you have your own income

You will not receive living allowance if you work or have any other form of income. This applies to all refugees from Ukraine aged 18 and older who earn money. It does not matter how high your income is.

Not only income from work applies to this new rule. In the following situations, you will no longer receive living allowance:

  • If you make money because you have a job

  • If you receive income from an

    unemployment benefit (WW-benefit)

  • If you receive benefits because you are long-term sick or unable to work

Not sure if your income counts because it is not one of the above situations? Then contact your contact person at the municipality.

You pay money for your stay in a reception centre if you have your own income

Do you have an income as described above and live in a municipal reception centre (GOO)? Then as of 1 July 2024, you will start paying a contribution of your own. This is money that you pay to the municipality where you live for your reception centre. With this money, the municipality can pay part of the costs for your reception centre such as gas, water and electricity. If cooking is done for you at your location, you will also have to pay a contribution for that.

For gas, water and electricity you will pay €105 per person. This applies to everyone with an income who is 18 years or older. Does a family consist of two people aged 18 or older and children? Then a family pays a maximum of twice € 105. That is € 210.

If meals are cooked for you at your location, you must pay an additional amount of up to €242.48. Even if you do not (always) eat them. Does a family consist of two persons of 18 years or older and children? Then a family pays a maximum of twice the maximum amount of € 242.48. That is € 484.96.

The government is introducing this co-payment because it considers it fairer. Other refugee groups in the Netherlands already pay a co-payment if they have an income. After paying your own contribution, you will keep at least as much money as if you were not working and only receiving living allowance.

Do you not have your own income? Then you also do not have to pay a contribution for the municipal reception centre and for the food you get there.

You must provide information about your income and family

You are required to give the municipality information about your income and the composition of your family. Even if something changes in your income or family. Are you not providing this information? Or if it appears that you have concealed income. Then the municipality can withdraw your allowance and oblige you to pay your own contribution. It does not matter whether you have an income or not.

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