Asylum

You wish to apply for asylum in the Netherlands. Asylum is a form of protection. Anyone has the right to apply for asylum. The IND assesses whether a person needs protection.

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How does the IND handle asylum applications?

- At the IND, we often receive questions about how we handle asylum applications.

Influx of asylum seekers in October 2019

- ​In October, the influx of asylum seekers, i.e. the total of first and repeated applications for ...

Asylum trends in August 2019

- ​In August the total influx of asylum seekers (the total of first and repeated asylum application...

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  • ​Are you from a safe country asking for asylum in The Netherlands? You have little chance of being granted a residence permit asylum. You follow a fast asylum procedure, focused on the return to your country of origin. When you appeal to a first negative decision, in most cases you will keep your housing facility. If the court denies your appeal your housing facility stops. You will get an entry ban of two years for the EU, even if you revoke your asylum request. The IOM will not give you a return grant. ​

  • You apply for asylum in the first EU/EEA country you enter during your journey. If, at a later date, you also apply for asylum in the Netherlands, the IND could send you back to the first EU country in question.

  • ​An infographic showing the steps in the Dutch asylum procedure.

  • ​Check the asylum website in 8 languages of the Dutch Council for Refugees. Here, you can read more information about the asylum procedure, family reunification, housing, healthcare, work and income, integration, education and return.