Status holders in The Hague

On this page you can find information about The Hague's policy on housing for asylum status holders - refugees with a temporary asylum residence permit.

As the international city of peace and justice the municipality is keen to help resolve the refugee issue. The safety of citizens both at home and abroad is an important condition for peace and justice.

Status holders

Asylum seekers with a residence permit are members of Dutch society. The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) allocates these permit holders (status holders) to municipalities in the Netherlands. The Municipality of The Hague provides them with a suitable living accommodation 1 time. This means that The Hague’s housing corporations provide them with housing which takes into account the size of the family and income.

Background to the policy

The municipal administration decided in its new coalition agreement 'Den Haag, Stad van Kansen en Ambities' (June 2018) that The Hague would not accommodate any more asylum status holders than legally prescribed. In addition the number of status holders legally eligible for housing in The Hague further decreased in 2019. 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 726 status holders. The number of status holders in 2019 was 494. Because the number of status holders is decreasing, there is less of a need to provide group accommodations, which were established due to a shortage of suitable homes in 2017 and 2018. Living in suitable, independent housing helps status holders to feel at home in the Netherlands more quickly and cope with living in Dutch society.

Housing supply

The number of asylum seekers in the Netherlands has fluctuated through the years. The State determines how many status holders the Dutch municipalities are obliged to make living accommodation available for.

Status holders are placed throughout the Netherlands on the basis of the number of inhabitants per municipality. The idea behind The Hague’s policy is to provide suitable housing to people as quickly as possible - within the prescribed period of 12 weeks. The municipality aims to place status holders in public housing at various locations throughout the city. To achieve this the municipality is working together closely with the housing corporations, the Dutch Council for Refugees and the COA.

Unaccompanied minor aliens (AMV)

When an unaccompanied minor alien (AMV) comes to live in our city, he or she will be placed with foster families by social organisations such as NIDOS. They will often be housed in small-scale reception centres with supervision (a contact person for household matters and other questions) until they turn 18.

Integration

Where possible the status holders 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.

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Published: 10 April 2017Modified: 24 July 2020