Rights and obligations

There are different types of reception centres. Where an asylum seeker lives, depends on the phase he is in during the asylum procedure. Asylum seekers are entitled to reception if they have insufficient means to provide for themselves.

The reception includes lodging, living allowance and access to basic services such as medically required help. This is laid down in the Regulation for Provisions for Asylum Seekers and other categories of foreign nationals (Rva). The right to reception also includes obligations for the asylum seeker.


  • Asylum seekers receive weekly allowances, in order to buy groceries and clothing, among other things. The amount thereof is set out in the Rva . On 1 January 2018, the weekly allowance for a family with two children under the age of 18 who provide their own meals, is € 167.30.
  • Asylum seekers are insured for most medical expenses and against consequences of legal liability.
  • Children in the mandatory school age are entitled to education.
  • Asylum seekers are allowed to perform paid work 24 weeks per year.
  • Asylum seekers with a residence permit will be offered housing outside the azc.


  • Upon arrival in the Netherlands, asylum seekers must undergo tuberculosis screening and any follow-up treatments.
  • Residents of a reception centre receive the house rules they are obliged to comply with.
  • Residents must regularly report to the Aliens Police and the COA for in-house registration.
  • Asylum seekers in reception centres must get registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database six months after they applied for asylum.