Support programmes: for now and later

Among other things, status holders can take lessons in 'Dutch as a second language' (NT2), and 'Knowledge of Dutch Society' as part of the Preparation for Civic Integration Programme. They can also do the VOORwerk training, in which they prepare themselves for a job in the Netherlands. Asylum seekers whose prospects of getting a residence permit are promising will already start their Dutch language lessons in the process reception centre.   

Information about support programmes

Integration activities inside and nearby the reception centre

Shortly after arrival in the reception centre, asylum seekers and status holders have support interviews with their case manager. In these interviews, they prepare themselves for their future and discuss the integration and participation options in and nearby the reception centre. For instance volunteer work, on-the-job training programmes, and programmes focussing on integration and participation. Here, status holders will also look at the options available in the municipality where they will be living. 

Working: good for integration and participation

Work – including volunteer work – makes an important contribution to the integration of newcomers. It is good for asylum seekers and status holders to get work experience and to connect with Dutch people. Around 20 reception centres have a participation desk, in which the available job opportunities are bundled​​​. Would you, as an organisation, like to know how to offer volunteer work or paid work?

Information about volunteer work and paid work
  • Veel asielzoekers doen graag vrijwilligerswerk in een woonzorgcentrum
    © Aan de slag

Promising match with municipality

The COA matches status holders to a municipality. When we do this, we look at where they have the best opportunities to build a new life and contribute to society. For all status holders, we make a digital client profile. It includes tools for municipalities to support the status holder in their integration and participation.

More information about the digital client profile and transfer to the municipality