About COA

COA is the abbreviation of ‘Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers’. We are responsible for the reception, supervision and departure (from the reception location) of asylum seekers coming to the Netherlands.


COA, an independent administrative body, falls under the political responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and Security. COA gives account for its operations to the Ministry.

Wet Centraal Orgaan opvang asielzoekers

We, in our role as an independent administrative body, carry out a political assignment. Our duties are laid down in the Wet Centraal Orgaan opvang asielzoekers, the ‘COA Act’. We use our expertise to fulfil our assignment within this policy framework.

Our vision

We, the reception location in the aliens’ chain for Dutch society, provide for the reception, supervision and departure of asylum seekers. We do this by providing safe accommodation, a means of living and tailored programmes.

Our mission

We ensure in a professional manner that people in a vulnerable position are accommodated and supported in a safe and liveable environment in a manner that ensures that the reception of aliens remains controllable for politicians and society and enables us to give account for our acts.


COA works closely with other organisations in the aliens’ chain, including the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, Aliens Policy, Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary and the Repatriation and Departure Service.