Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Netherlands Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Netherlands. 

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

w2eu.info - Welcome to Europe

Email: contactatw2eu [dot] info or w2eu_infoatyahoo [dot] com

This hyperlink -w2eu.info - leads to an independent source of information for refugees coming to Europe. w2eu.info might be useful on their journey to and through Europe by giving access to counseling and useful contacts in different European countries. 

Croeselaan 15, 3521 BJ Utrecht, Netherlands
Tel.: +31 88 787 1000
Email: webredactieatrvr [dot] org
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 and Friday 09:00 - 16:00

The Raad voor Rechtsbijstand's aim is to make sure you will have legal representation should you require any. If you cannot afford a solicitor, the Council will provide financial support. Your solicitor will receive a monetary allowance. Clients will pay part of the cost. The size of the contribution depends on the size of your income. Please find all details regarding this procedure here.

University Assistance Foundation (UAF)

Wilheminapark 38, Postbus 14300, 3581 NJ Utrecht
Tel: +31 (30) 25 20 835
Fax: +31 (30) 25 21 899
Email: infoatuaf [dot] nl or email them through their website
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00

Information on studying and working in the Netherlands for refugees.

Vereiniging Asieladvocaten en Juristen Nederlands (Association of Asylum Lawyers) (VAJN)

PO Box/Postbus 3269
1001 Amsterdam
Tel. 00 31 (0)20 5353171
Fax 00 31 (0)20 6267093 
Email: vajnatvajn [dot] org

VAJN is an association of asylum lawyers who provide legal aid. You can find associates of VAJN in several dutch cities.

Vluchtelingen Organisaties Nederland (Refugee Organisations of the Netherlands) (VON)

Merelstraat 2 bis, 3514 CN Utrecht
Tel: +31 (30) 27 14 505
Fax: +31 (30) 27 33 844
Email: infoatvluchtelingenorganisaties [dot] nl

VON is a national umbrella organisation with more than 400 refugee organisation members. They can provide information about the local groups in your area and where to access assistance. VON represent the interests of refugees in the Netherlands and advocate on their behalf for the respect of their human rights, as per the international treaties that the Netherlands has a duty to conform to.

VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (Dutch Council for Refugees)


www.vluchtelingenwerk.nl / In English
Tel: +31 20 3467200; +31 20 3467274
Contact person: Olga Korunka, Legal Officer
Email: helpdeskatvluchtelingenwerk [dot] nl



Postbus 2894, 1000 CW Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (20) 34 67 200 (Helpdesk)
Fax: +31 (20) 61 78 155
Email: infoatvluchtelingenwerk [dot] nl


Westsingel 58-01, 4461 DM Goes
Tel.: +31 0113 820 212
Email: infoatvwzld [dot] nl
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 17:00


Friesestraatweg 191-3, 9743 AC Groningen
Mailing address: PO Box 70212 9704 AE Groningen
Tel.: +31 050 57 57 290
Fax: +31 050 57 79 824
Email: infoatvwnn [dot] nl


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Surinameweg 2, 2035 VA Haarlem
Tel.: +31 023 531 3020, option 2
Email: infoatvwnwh [dot] nl


Ouderijn 44c, 2312 HG Leiden
Tel.: +31 071 566 31 28
Email: infoatvwzhn [dot] nl


Grotekerkplein 24, 3011 GD Rotterdam
Tel.: +31 010 282 7878
Email: infoatvwmaasdelta [dot] nl
Contact person: Tila Frih-Passmann, Director 
Email: tfrihpassmannatvwmaasdelta [dot] nl
Contact person: Gerard Oudendijk, Director
Email: goudendijk@vwmaasdelta


Poststraat 68, 5038 DH Tilburg
Mailing address: PO Box 700 5000 AS
Tel.: +31 013 536 3630
Email: infoatsnvbrabantcentraal [dot] nl


Aldetiendstraat 21A, 5402 ZC Uden
Tel.: +31 0413 269 037
Fax: +31 0413 246 493
Email: udenatvluchtelingenwerk-wobb [dot] nl


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Telingstraat 2, 3512 GV Utrecht
Mailing address: PO Box 1057, 3500 BB Utrecht
Tel.: +31 030 234 06 76  or +31 030 276 42 40
Fax: 030276 42 41
Email: infoatvwmn [dot] nl
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00-17:00


Hogeweg 297, 5914 BC Venlo
Mailing address: PO Box 3135 - 5902 RC Venlo
Tel.: +31 077 462 0072
Fax: +31 077462 0700
Email: infoatvwlimburg [dot] nl
Director: Chris Baltussen

VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (Dutch Refugee Council) is an independent, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1979. They offer refugees practical support during their asylum procedure and can help them rebuild their lives in the Netherlands. With one National Office, 14 regional offices, and 310 local branches, they are active in 90% of all local council districts. The National Office supports the regional and local branches with advice, education, and information. They provide personal and legal support, and can access lawyers for asylum claims. They also provide information about countries of origin to lawyers, as well as sources to substantiate asylum claims, research case law history and (European) legislation.



Arthur van Schendelstraat 620 (tweede etage, via hoofdingang nr 600), 3511 MJ  Utrecht
Tel.: +31 (0)30 234 98 00 / + 31 (0)30 231 34 31

In the Netherlands Pharos is the national knowledge centre on female genital mutilation. They focus on health, prevention and healthcare for circumcised women and offer a FGM/C prevention teaching toolkit for education. It can be used for teaching both pupils from ethnic backgrounds and their classmates who are not familiar with FGM/C. The toolkit is suitable for different ages and educational levels.


COC Netherlands

Website: http://www.coc.nl/over-ons  
Address: Nieuwe Herengracht 49, 1011 RN Amsterdam
Email: infoatcoc [dot] nl
Tel. (020) 623 45 96              

COC Netherlands has been advocating the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and trans people (LGBT’s) from 1946 on. COC strives for the decriminalisation of sexual orientation and gender identity and for equal rights, emancipation and social acceptance of LGBT’s in the Netherlands and all over the world. COC is one of the few LGBT organisations that has a special consultative status with the United Nations.