Status holders in The Hague

As the city of peace and justice the Municipality of The Hague is keen to help resolve the refugee issue. Read more about The Hague's policy on housing for asylum status holders, refugees with a temporary asylum residence permit.

For years the municipality has been accommodating refugees with a temporary residence permit and has helped and assisted these people in finding their place in the local community.

What is the current policy on housing for status holder in The Hague?

The municipal administration decided in the new coalition agreement that The Hague would not accommodate any additional asylum status holders than legally prescribed. It also agreed in the coalition agreement that no more large-scale accommodations would specifically be developed and put into use for status holders. Because the number of status holders is decreasing, there is less of a need for extra homes for this target group. They will be allocated public housing at various locations throughout the city by the housing corporations.

What is the background to The Hague’s policy on housing?

In the new coalition agreement the municipal administration decided that The Hague would no longer accommodate any additional asylum status holders than legally prescribed. In addition the number of status holders legally eligible for housing decreased over the past year. In 2016 accommodation was needed for 1,466 status holders, while in 2017 this number dropped to 940 status holders. In 2018 there was a total of status holders. The number of status holders in the 1st half of 2019 is expected to be between 180 and 270.

Lesser need for homes

Due to this declining trend there is less of a need for extra home for status holders. It is expected that they will be allocated regular public housing at various locations throughout the city by the housing corporations in both 2018 and 2019. They will also can be placed in available housing units in already existing locations for status holders.

Integration in local community

Another major reason is that large-scale accommodations do not offer an optimal starting position for the integration of status holders. The basic principle is to accommodate them as much as possible at various locations throughout the city. Where possible they will be absorbed in the municipality’s integration programme. The municipality will continue to place importance on language instruction and coaching and there will be special attention for people who were traumatised in their countries of origin, for example because of wars.

What does The Hague’s policy mean for the 4 group accommodations which will soon be ready?

The 4 group accommodations designated as housing for status holders will soon be ready and will be added to the total selection of rental housing. These homes will now become available to everybody seeking housing in The Hague. The locations which were reserved for status holders are Narcislaan, Wateringse Veld/Oosteinde, Boekweitkamp and Koperwerf. These homes will no longer be allocated exclusively to status holders.

How many and what types of homes will be ready at the 4 locations?

These 4 locations will provide more than 160 homes at Narcislaan 4, Wateringse Veld/Oosteinde, Boekweitkamp and Koperwerf 28.

  • The Narcislaan in the Loosduinen district with 22 public housing units for multi-person households will be available as of October 2018. Woningcorporatie Arcade will be the owner of the building.
  • Oosteinde in the Escamp district will have 20 public housing units for multi-person households. It should be ready in the autumn of 2019. Woningcorporatie Arcade will be the owner of the building.
  • There will be 36 public housing units for multi-person households realised on the Boekweitkamp the Haagse Hout district. It should be ready in 2019. Corporatie Haag Wonen will be the owner of the building.
  • The office building at Koperwerf 28 in the Loosduinen district is the property of the Lammertink Groep. This company is renovating the building into approximately 85 apartments. It should be ready at the end of 2018.

How will the housing plans for status holders be communicated in the future?

The changes in the municipal policy means that there will be less intensive communication with area residents on housing for status holders at the locations which will soon be ready. Open houses and discussions on this subject will no longer be needed for these locations now that they are no longer group accommodations for status holders but rather regular public housing.

Will status holders still be coming to live in The Hague?

Yes. Asylum seekers who are in the Netherlands and have a residence permit will be absorbed into Dutch society. The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) will allocate these permit holders (status holders) to the municipalities. Municipalities have to make living accommodation available to them. Approximately 10% of the public housing in The Hague is reserved for status holders. The basic principle is to accommodate them as much as possible at various locations throughout the city.

General information on status holders

You can find a great deal of general information on housing for status holders in Dutch municipalities on the website of the Dutch government and on the website of the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA).

Published: 10 April 2017Modified: 1 October 2018