Living allowance for Ukrainian refugees

Refugees from Ukraine who are living in the Netherlands may be entitled to a living allowance. This is a sum of money you can use to pay for your daily needs, like food and clothing. Read here whether you have the right to a living allowance and how you can apply for it.

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New rules for the living allowance and housing for refugees from Ukraine: what do they mean for you?

As of 1 April 2023 the rules will change in terms of housing and the living allowance for refugees from Ukraine in the Netherlands.

  • The amount of the living allowance for food, clothing and the extra additional allowance if you are living with a host family will change.
  • If you are 18 years or older and you are going to start working, the living allowance will stop for the whole family.

  • Living allowance per person per month Money for food Clothing and personal expenses Extra allowance for private housing
    1 or 2 people, adult or unaccompanied minor refugee € 215.06 € 56.12 € 93
    1 or 2 people, minor € 178.36 € 56.12 € 93
    3 people, adult € 171.99 € 56.12 € 93
    3 people, minor € 142.57 € 56.12 € 93
    4 or more people, adult € 150.45 € 56.12 € 93
    4 or more people, minor € 124.97 € 56.12 € 93

Questions about the living allowance

    • You have fled Ukraine. 
    • You are currently living in The Hague with a host family, or you have your own living space or place to sleep, or you are staying in a long-term municipal shelter location. 
    • You are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) as a resident of The Hague. You will then get a citizen service number (BSN). Read more about registering at the municipality for Ukrainians.
    • You have an identity document.
    Belangrijke informatie:

    Are you staying in the initial municipal shelter location? Then you are not yet allowed to apply for the living allowance. You can apply only once you have moved to a long-term shelter location. Until then you will receive food, drinks and personal care items in your shelter.

    Minor refugees

    Are you a refugee (under the age of 18) who has fled without parents (unaccompanied minor)? Then you have the right to a living allowance. You need to be registered at the Nidos Foundation. The municipality will do this for you. You can also register yourself. To do this, call tel. 088 - 501 18 85 or send an email to oekraine@nidos.nl.

    • Nidos will apply for guardianship at the court.
    • Nidos will take care of practical matters and a safe place to live if you do not have one.
    • You will get a living allowance from the municipality until the court has appointed guardianship.
    • Once Nidos has been appointed guardianship, it will supervise your care. At this point you will get a living allowance from Nidos (as of the 1st day of the following month). Read more information on the website of the Nidos Foundation.
  • If you start doing paid work, you will no longer have the right to a living allowance. You must let the municipality know that you are going to do paid work. You can do this by calling the Ukraine telephone line on (070) 353 80 24. The living allowance will stop as of the first day of the following month. Other family members and children who are living with you will still receive the living allowance.

    Belangrijke informatie:

    As of 1 February 2023 other family members who are living with you will no longer receive the living allowance once you start working.

    If you do not report a change in your situation to the municipality, you will be receiving the living allowance illegally. This can result in you having to pay back any extra living allowance you received.

  • 1. I am registered at the municipality

    If you are registered in The Hague, you can apply for a living allowance in The Hague City Hall, Spui 70. You do not need to make an appointment to do this. Take the following documents with you for your application:

    2. I am not yet registered at the municipality

    You can apply for a living allowance once you are registered as a resident of The Hague or you have made an appointment to register.

    • Make an appointment to register in the Personal Records Database (BRP) by calling the Ukraine telephone line on (070) 353 80 24. 
    • When you make the telephone call, you can indicate that you also want a living allowance.
    • Take the following documents with you to your appointment to apply for a living allowance:

    • The appointments are held at The Hague City Hall, Spui 70

    For unaccompanied minors: I am living with a host family

    The Nidos Foundation will first check if you are staying in a safe place. If Nidos thinks the place where you are living is not safe, the municipality will look for a different shelter location for you. If Nidos thinks the place where you are living is safe, the host family can apply for a living allowance for you. The host family will receive an email from the municipality with a decision on the application.

    Needed for your application

    The following documents are needed to apply for the living allowance:

    • Registration in the Personal Records Database (BSN)
    • Valid identity document for the host family where you are staying
    • The email with the approval from the Nidos Foundation (if you are staying with a host family)

    For more information look at the website of the Nidos Foundation.

  • No. After you apply the municipality will check whether you have the right to a living allowance. You will receive an email approximately 5 days after the appointment.
  • The amount of living allowance you receive depends on the type of shelter you are staying in. Are you staying in the emergency shelter (hotel) or municipal shelter? Then you will receive an allowance:

    • for clothing and personal expenses: € 55 per month
    • for food (if you are not getting full meals): € 205 per month (this will change on 1 February 2023)

    Are you living with a host family? Then you have the right to an additional allowance. You can use this money, for example, to pay for public transport, visiting relatives or sports. You can also use the money to contribute to the costs of your host family, but this is not mandatory.

    If you start doing paid work, the living allowance will stop. You should report this to the municipality by calling the Ukraine telephone line on (070) 353 80 24. The living allowance will stop as of the first day of the following month.

    Stay in municipal shelter with full meals Stay in municipal shelter without full meals Stay with host family
    Food Included € 205 € 205 (changes on 1 February 2023)
    Personal expenses € 55 € 55 € 55
    Living costs Included Included € 55
    Total € 55 € 260 € 315

    The amounts are per person per month.

  • The living allowance will be transferred to your personal Duch bank account. Take your bank card with you to the application interview. The living allowance will be transferred to your bank account once your application is approved.
  • Refugees from Ukraine can quickly open a payment account with a bank or other payment service provider after arriving in the Netherlands. Every payment account comes with an IBAN, a debit card and the possibility to bank and pay online with a web browser or mobile app. Look for more information at Dutch Payments Association.  
  • Read the answer to this question on the page Answers to questions frequently asked by Ukrainian refugees.
  • Changes in your personal situation can affect your right to a living allowance. Report any changes on time. If you do not report changes (on time), you might have to pay back any extra living allowance you received. You can report the changes to the municipality by calling the Ukraine telephone line on (070) 353 80 24.

    Here are examples of situations when you need to report a change to the municipality:

    • You are going to start working. If you are going to work, the living allowance will stop for you as of the following month. Other family members and children who are living with you will still receive the living allowance.
    • You are going to live somewhere else. The municipality want to stay in contact with you. The amount of the living allowance depends on your living situation. This is why the municipality wants your new home address.
    • You have (opened) a bank account at a Dutch bank. The municipality needs a copy of your bank card. The card shows the account number and the name of the account holder (if the information is different, the municipality cannot make the payment). Afterwards you will receive the payment in your own account.
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Published: 2 February 2023Modified: 2 February 2023