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Information for students

​Are you following senior secondary vocational education (MBO), higher professional education (HBO) or University College (WO)?

Are you interested in the work done by the IND and do you, for example, wish to write a research project or a thesis about it? You can find a lot of information about our organisation on our website. To help you further along, please find here a list of 'frequently asked questions', which you could possibly use for your studies. We wish you good luck with your studies.

Why do refugees come here?

A refugee is person who is afraid of persecution based on, for example, his political opinion, race or religion in his own country. He flees this country to ask for protection and live safely in another country, for example the Netherlands.

Who are admitted to the Netherlands?

Refugees who can show or who can credibly claim that they will be prosecuted for, for example, political opinions, race or religion in their country of origin, qualify for an asylum residence permit. The IND checks each application against the international laws and the Dutch laws and regulations.
How can we end the refugee crisis?
The present refugee crisis is a world wide problem. The Government makes agreements (within an international context). The IND is an administrative body. This means that the Dutch Cabinet sets the rules. The IND implements these rules.

How many people are currently in the Netherlands without a residence status?

The IND does not know exactly how many people are currently staying in the Netherlands without a residence permit. This is because there can be a number of reasons why a person has no residence permit. In addition, the number of applications to stay in the Netherlands varies greatly and not every one who is staying in the Netherlands applies for a residence permit (on time). It is estimated that there are about one hundred thousand illegal immigrants in the Netherlands. These are not all asylum seekers. They could also be people who do not have a residence permit to live with their Dutch partner, or people who ought to have a work permit, but who do not have one.

How long does it take before a person gets a residence status?

This varies a lot and depends on the situation of the asylum seeker and the country where the asylum seeker comes from. If the asylum seeker comes from a safe country of origin, the simplified asylum procedure applies. This procedure will take no more than a couple of weeks at the most. Most EU countries are safe, but also, for example, Albania, the countries of former Yugoslavia, Morocco and Mongolia.  If the asylum seeker does not come from a safe country, the procedure may take longer. Then think of a maximum of six months. It may take a couple of months longer when many asylum seekers come to the Netherlands within a short time.

What chances do immigrants have on the Dutch labour market?

The IND unfortunately cannot answer this question or other similar questions. The Dutch labour market does not concern the work field of the IND.

Do the conditions differ for the regular family reunification applications that are applied for at an asylum seeker's centre?

An asylum seeker cannot apply for family reunification until he or she has a residence status. The asylum seeker then generally has a home of his own and he or she is no longer living in the asylum seeker's centre. If this is not the case, he can submit his application the same way as someone who already has a house.
The IND regularly makes headlines. What does the IND think of the negative reactions to the asylum policy?
The IND is an administrative body. On behalf of the Minister of Migration, the IND implements the Aliens Act and the Netherlands Nationality Act. The IND does not make these rules. Naturally, everyone is entitled to an opinion about the asylum policy. The IND is often in the news because an applicant gets the media involved. The IND generally does not comment on this in light of the Personal Data Protection Act. ​