New to the Netherlands is the website where you’ll find not only a wide range of Dutch programs with English and Arabic subtitles, but also an online guide to a vast array of projects and initiatives that may be of interest to newcomers to the Netherlands.

Syriërs Gezond

Sick, weak, feeling ill? On the Facebook page 'Syriërs Gezond'(Healthy Syrians), Dutch and Syrian doctors answer questions about the Dutch healthcare system and your health. Healthy Syrians is an initiative from the GGD Utrecht and Pharos.

Open Embassy

What is stated in the letter from the municipality?  And how can you apply for a job? For newcomers it can be very difficult to understand how all of this works.  Open Embassy is available 24/7 to assist status holders with their questions about living in the Netherlands.

Yalla Foundation

You have a foreign diploma or did you study? Do you want to know the value of this diploma in the Netherlands? Then you’ll have to go to Yalla Foundation. They give you good advice and more!


Would you like to do volunteer work? You can! NewBees makes it possible for newcomers (with or without a status) to do volunteer work by local social organizations. This will help in building on your CV and with your integration into Dutch society!


Do you like programming? HackYourFuture facilitates online education for refugees in the Netherlands. The focus of this project is on learning how to program.  Programming is a skill which is often requested and is an industry that often hires people without a diploma. That makes this initiative special for you!

Mobile Educator

Are you a Syrian teacher staying in the Netherlands? Do you have a good command of English? And are you able to follow a training course for 8 weeks? Check de website van The Mobile Educator.

Global Workforce is an independent organisation that helps refugees to create a professional network by: connecting them to companies, informing them about the Dutch labour market and offering free job training. Already 1.300 refugees registered at Register, so we can inform you and find you!

Refugee Startforce

Refugee Start Force is especially for you! A network where you can come in contact with Dutch professionals in your field. By creating professional networks, Refugee Start Force wants to help you integrate into the Dutch society and workplace more quickly. Post a message on their Facebook page and introduce yourself!

Introduction to Dutch

Interested in learning Dutch? Free of charge? Learn Dutch with the Introduction to Dutch online course. In just three weeks, you will learn basic Dutch and be able to have short conversations in Dutch. The next course will be starting on 15 August 2016. Register for free!

The Publisher

Would you like your voice to be heard ad a newcomer? The Publisher is an online podium where as writers, artists and photographers you can tell your story about your life as a refugee in the Netherlands. Check the website for inspiration!


Are you a born entrepreneur? DeliteLabs is a non-profit organization in Amsterdam with the mission of making the potential of newcomers visible. In an intensive seven-week course, Delitelabs will help you to become an entrepreneur. Would you like to be considered for this? Sign up now via their website!


Are you waiting on a house and would you like to bridge over this waiting period with a guest family? That's possible with Check out the website.

Stichting de Vrolijkheid

Stichting de Vrolijkheid (The Cheerful Foundation) is especially for children in AZC's. They organize workshops and activities. Watch the film about their work at the AZC in Katwijk.

Would you like to know more about traveling by train in the Netherlands? How the OV-chip card works, where you can buy it and how to add money to the card? On, Steffie explains many difficult things in an easy-to-understand manner.

Refugee Company

Would you like to start your own business? Refugee Company matches newcomers with Dutch companies and gives support with starting a new business.


From now on you are welcome to enjoy Syrian dishes like Tabouleh, Sambusek and Green Pea Falafel. Syr restaurant is a social enterprise aiming to increase refugee participation in the Netherlands by offering them education and career opportunities.


Are you a doctor, nurse or have you worked in healthcare? Would you like to once again practice your profession in the Netherlands? Kavanah will help you in the right direction in finding the right Dutch study and lesson methods.

Questions about education?

Questions about education? This document provides information about the education system of Syria and the Netherlands. It also includes the Dutch comparison of qualifications obtained in Syria. In English and Arabic.

Traffic rules

This brochure informs newcomers about traffic in our country. You will receive information on how to safely participate in traffic either on foot or on a bike. The instructions are in Arabic, English, French and Tigrinya. Download it now!

Asylum request rejected?

Was your first asylum request rejected? By the ASKV a legal team of volunteers and ayslum lawyers will analize your file and there will be a look taken to see if there are points for a legal stay.

Humantis Language Buddies

Humantis Language Buddies helps you to learn Dutch if this is not your native language. You are assigned a Language Buddy who will help you practice by talking, reading, and watching TV. This will help prepare you for life in Dutch society.