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Changes to the living allowance as of 1 February 2023

Published at: 3/7/2023, 2:53 PM
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The Dutch government has made changes to the Regulations for the Reception of Displaced Persons Ukraine (RooO). To make the RooO more compatible with the living allowance schemes for other groups in the Netherlands, the Dutch government, together with the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), evaluated and adjusted the RooO. In this article you will read about the precise changes in living allowance for refugees from Ukraine.

Changes to the living allowance as of 1 February 2023

The changes to the RooO cause a change in living allowance. Below you can read what the new living allowance terms are.

  • The new amount for clothing and personal expenses is €56.12 per month (previously €55).

  • The living allowance changed on 1 February. Until 1 February 2023, the living allowance (for food) was €205 per person. Now the amount you get depends 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 4 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 reception centre 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 last change, which took effect on 1 February 2023, is the change in work and living allowance rules. Currently, you receive living allowance until you start working. The rest of the family continues to receive living allowance when you start working. As of 1 February 2023, the whole family's living allowance will cease if someone 18 or older starts working. This also happens if someone aged 18 or older receives benefits from the Dutch government.

Check out the Dutch government's fact sheet to read about the changes in a useful overview.

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