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Below you can find an overview of initiatives & organizations through which you can help refugees find housing & shelter, as well as some general information.

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Last updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Refugees from Ukraine who are staying in the Netherlands do not have to apply for asylum in the Netherlands immediately. They can stay here for 90 days visa free, at a local shelter or with friends or acquaintances.

What do you need to know if you want to host refugees from Ukraine? The organizations below have collected the most important information.

Guide for private assylum

Do you want to open your home to refugees from Ukraine? The Dutch government has published a detailed guide to the private housing of refugees.


RefugeeHomeNL was created to bring together as many refugees and host families as possible. With an extensive introduction, screening and eventually a good match, RefugeeHomeNL offers support and guidance to host families who open their homes to refugees. For more information, please look under the category of offering housing or on the website of RefugeeHomeNL.

INLIA foundation - guideline 'Refugee at home?'

The INLIA foundation has written a 5 page guideline on housing refugees at home. The guide is available only in Dutch and can be downloaded from their website below.

Providing a place to stay for refugees from Ukraine

VluchtelingenWerk has collected the most important information for people housing refugees from Ukraine or considering doing so on its website.

Digital consultation hour on housing refugees (de Rustplek)

Guest reception can be enormously enriching, but it is also tough. Would you like to know more, hear experiences or ask questions? For example, what you should in any case have prepared before taking someone into your home. Or you have already received a refugee from Ukraine and you run into certain things.

Every Monday evening between 20:00 and 21:00 we organize a digital consultation hour, in which we would like to listen to you, think along with you and share our experiences with you.

Unaccompanied minors

In the Netherlands, children must have a guardian. If there is no guardian, Nidos will be responsible for this as the national guardianship institution. If you see a child that is by itself, you can call 088-5011200. More information can be found on the Nidos website.

If you see a minor without parents staying with a host family and you have questions about this, it is best to contact the Child Care and Protection Board. Never take action yourself by taking a child into your home or away from the people who are currently taking care of the child.

For more information on what you can do in these situations (also in case of doubt) please visit the Unicef website.

Please note that Nidos does not deal with adoption cases. The Kinderbescherming (Child Care and Protection Board) can be contacted about that. The website of the Kinderbescherming has the contact details.

Creating resilience

This leaflet from ARQ (only in Dutch) provides useful information on promoting resilience in people hosting refugees from Ukraine and their guests.