Refugees from Ukraine
Are you coming to Utrecht as a Ukrainian refugee? And do you not have a place to stay, not even temporarily with family or friends? Then come to the Jaarbeurs. Are you already staying in Utrecht? Read more below.
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One of the Jaarbeurs halls is an emergency shelter with field beds. As a refugee you can find short-term shelter here. No one needs to sleep on the streets.
- Location: Jaarbeursplein, near Utrecht Central Station (follow the signs)
- Open for new registrations: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
What happens after the emergency shelter?
After registration, we will look for another, simple longer-stay shelter — probably somewhere else in the Netherlands. This may take a while.
Is the period in your guest household coming to an end? Then email to firstname.lastname@example.org 2 weeks in advance. Then we'll see if there might be another shelter. This might be outside the Utrecht region. You will get such an offer once. Don't you want to go there? Then you will have to find and pay for accommodation yourself.
Are you currently staying with a host family or in a private shelter or other private form of housing in Utrecht? Would you like to move to the municipal shelter for Ukrainian refugees? If so, you can submit an application. You are eligible to stay in the municipal shelter if you have been registered in the Key Register of Persons (the BRP) in Utrecht for at least three months.
Send an email to email@example.com with your request for a place in the municipal shelter. We will send you a questionnaire, which we use to check things like your three-month registration, as mentioned above, after which we will start looking for a suitable place for you.
The shelters in Utrecht are very full. For that reason you may stay away from the shelter for a maximum of 14 consecutive days — for example for family visits. Did you not report your absence? Or will you stay away longer without permission? As a consequence your rights to shelter and living allowance will expire. Your place could be given to someone else. Your living allowance will stop on the first day of the next month. If you wish to receive shelter and living allowance again, you will have to apply via the then current application procedure. It is not guaranteed that you will be given shelter in Utrecht again; this could also be in another city.
Always notify your location manager or guest household of your departure at least 1 week in advance — including the reason, duration and how you can be reached.
Do you want to stay away longer than the maximum period? In very exceptional cases, your location or guest household may reserve the shelter place for a longer period of time:
- Ask approval from your location manager or guest household at least 1 week in advance.
- Is this allowed? Report the change for your living allowance at least 1 week in advance. The allowance will continue during the maximum period, but will stop during your absence afterwards.
For safety reasons, receiving visitors is possible only with the permission of the location manager. Receiving overnight visitors is not permitted. The living room is only intended for people who have been placed by the local government. Violation of this rule may have consequences for your right to shelter.
Information Points and Helplines
RefugeeHelp, Midden-Utrecht Werkt Door and the Municipality of Utrecht have information points for Ukrainians in the City Office. Address: Stadsplateau 1, next to Utrecht Central Station.
Do you have questions about school, work, money, care, safety or activities? Then email to firstname.lastname@example.org (response within 3 to 4 working days). Or walk in without an appointment at RefugeeHelp on the 3rd floor. Opened:
- Mondays: 1.00-5.00 pm
- Wednesdays: 9.30 am-1.00 pm
Do you have questions about work? Midden-Utrecht Werkt Door has a walk-in consultation hour for this. This is on Tuesdays from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm, on the 3rd floor.
Do you have questions about shelter or registration with the Municipality? Then email to email@example.com. For municipal questions you can visit the Service Desk on the ground floor. Opened: Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. For questions about a living allowance, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't you come by or do you have other questions? Then there's also:
- For all kinds of practical matters, look at RefugeeHelp — or call, whatsapp or chat with their support hotline.
- NPO provides (practical) information via 'Net in Nederland' via Facebook, Telegram (living), Telegram (parenting), Instagram and the NiN site.
- Whatsapp with the Red Cross Helpline.
- Is there something going on at home or in your life you need help with? The Utrecht Neighbourhood Team (Buurtteam Utrecht) is there for you.
- Info about arrival/registration/residence, health(care), work/income, education and childcare from the Dutch Government (only in Dutch) as well as FAQ's about the situation in Ukraine.
Registering and Moving
You must be registered with a Dutch municipality to be eligible for facilities — such as shelter, living allowance, medical care and education. You can register as a refugee in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the Municipality of Utrecht if you can show:
- That you have the Ukrainian nationality, with a passport or other ID, or
- That you as a non-Ukrainian had a permanent residence permit for Ukraine.
Make an appointment
Call +31 30-286 00 00 for an appointment to register. Appointments are on working days in the City Office (Stadsplateau 1). Do you live with a guest household? Then you must bring a completed Declaration of Lodging (PDF, 65 kB) (only in Dutch) with you. After registration you will receive your Citizen Service Number (BSN) by post at the specified address within a few days.
No Passport — or a Temporary Residence Permit?
Are you a Ukrainian national but do you have no documents to prove it? The Ukrainian embassy in The Hague can issue a special document. You can use this to register.
Are you a non-Ukrainian refugee with an IND sticker? Then you are entitled to shelter, living allowance and other help (S+LA+H) in the Netherlands until 4 September 2023. You may stay in the shelter till that time. You will automatically receive a letter from the IND, in which they ask if you want to apply for asylum. Do you want to know more, or do you want help? Read more refugeehelp.nl.
Are you moving to another (temporary) address? Then you must report this as follows:
Are you moving to a municipal or private shelter (for example a host household) within the Municipality of Utrecht? Then you must:
- Report your move for the BRP.
- Report the living allowance change, if you receive it. Your living allowance may change.
Are you moving to an independent residence within the Municipality of Utrecht? For example, a property that you or a family member rents or has bought. Then you must:
Then you must:
- Register for the BRP with the new municipality at the new address. Unsubscribing from the Municipality of Utrecht will then happen automatically.
- Report the living allowance change, if you receive it. Your living allowance via the Municipality of Utrecht will stop on the first day of the following month. Are you moving to a municipal or private shelter? Then you can apply for living allowance in your new municipality.
Living allowance, Benefits and Banking
Do you have shelter in our Municipality? And not enough money to live on? Then see how you can apply for living allowance as well as the rules for this.
Do you receive living allowance? This stops when you start doing paid work. And possibly if you move or are temporarily absent. That is why you must immediately report any changes that may affect your living allowance.
Benefits (payments by the State)
If you work, you may be entitled to supplementary child benefit, childcare benefit and rent benefit. Find out whether you are eligible for this and submit an application at the Tax Administration. You can get help with this from the 'Buurtteam'.
In case you lose your job, you might be eligible for unemployment benefits ("WW-uitkering"). You can find more information about this on the UWV website.
To apply for benefits and arrange taxes, you need a DigiD. DigiD is a system that allows Dutch authorities to check someone's identity on the Internet. On the Refugeehelp website you can find a step-by-step guide of how to apply for a DigiD and how this works. This guide is also available in Ukrainian.
Banking and Paying
You can open a Dutch bank account. For living allowance it is important that you do this as soon as possible. Are you unable to do so, before your appointment for living allowance? Then you will receive a BNG debit card (only in Dutch). We will pay you the living allowance for a maximum of 3 months via this card. With the card and PIN, you can pay at any point-of-sale terminal and withdraw dash in the Netherlands.
- Go to prepaidsaldo.com.
- Enter your 'klantnummer' (customer number). This is stated on your BNG card and starts with 90.
- Enter your 'veiligheidscode' (security code). These are the last 4 digits of the long number on your card.
This is the only way to view your data. You cannot request bank statements or download data.
Is there more than € 1,500 on your BNG card? And/or is the amount we transfer too high? Then we may be able to transfer a lower amount. Please do one of the following:
- Open a Dutch bank account. Email the account number (IBAN) to email@example.com. Include a clear photo of the payment card. Or a document with your name and IBAN. You will then receive your living allowance on this account.
- Withdraw (most of) your money from the BNG card before the end of the month. You can withdraw a maximum of €250 per day.
Does this not work? Then please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work and Internship
As a Ukrainian you are allowed to work in the Netherlands. A (special) work permit is no longer required for this. Read more about work and income.
Find a job through RefugeeWork. For advice and information about working, contact Midden-Utrecht Werk Door. As well as for help signing up on job boards and on HalloWerk (only in Dutch) — which directly connects employees and employers.
Internship and Volunteer work
As a Ukrainian you are allowed to volunteer without a work permit. The employer must apply for a voluntary work statement (only in Dutch) from the UWV.
We have outsourced the management of Municipal shelters to other organisations. They arrange their own staff. Would you like to do (volunteer) work in or around your shelter? Please indicate this to the manager.
Working and Living allowance
Have you found a paid job? Then you must submit your changes for your living allowance. This final support will end on the first day of the following month. The living allowance for the entire family will end if an adult (18+) starts doing paid work.
This also applies if an adult receives a benefit. For example, for unemployment or incapacity for work. We can only deviate from this in very special situations. If this is the case, please email email@example.com.
Are you earning less with paid work than you would when receiving living allowance? Are you unable to make ends meet? Then email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have you stopped working? You might be eligible for unemployment benefits ("WW-uitkering). You can find more information about this on the UWV website.
Education, Studies and Childcare
For children and teenagers (schooling in the Netherlands is required by law from 5 to 16 years):
- Is your child between 4 and 12 years old? Then register with the Taalschool (only in Dutch) via email@example.com.
- You can register a child aged 2.5 to 4 for pre-school (only in Dutch). Questions? Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can register your child under the age of 4 for childcare (only in Dutch) (if you live in a guest household, also in some churches.) Questions? Mail email@example.com.
- Pupils aged 12 to 18 can make an intake appointment via the website of Ithaka.
- You will find children's books and educational materials at the Youth Library.
- Look for questions about studying at UAF. Register with Utrecht University as an Incluusion student.
- Would you like to learn (better) Dutch? Look at Taalhulp or Taal Doet Meer (only in Dutch).
Children in the Netherlands get 5 holidays during the school year. The exact dates vary by region and year. Utrecht is part of the central region of the Netherlands. The Dutch government website lists the exact school holiday dates per region. Spring and autumn holidays may vary by school. Please read the school's handbook for specific information.
Parents/caregivers arrange for childcare themselves during the holidays. Churches can sometime take on a role in childcare. Each summer, various neighbourhoods organise a children's summer programme. All children are welcome to participate. Information on this is available through the school.
Schools do not arrange for childcare during the holidays. It is also not common for children to attend camps. There are camps for children to go to, but you must pay for these yourself. Children enrolled in out-of-school care (BSO) can also go here during vacations.
Emergencies and Safety
Fire, accident or a crime? Call 112. Police control room: +31 900-88 44.
Refugees are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and exploitation. What you should pay attention to, is in the 'Be Safe on the Run' Flyer.
Health and Medical care
As a refugee from Ukraine, you have access to basic healthcare. You do not have to pay a fee. But you sometimes have to pay (partly) for medications.
Life-threatening complaint? Call 112. Or go to the Diakonessenhuis hospital (24/7): Burg. Fockema Andreaelaan 60, Utrecht. For any other visit to a hospital or a specialist, first go to a GP for a referral. Also watch the video This is how emergency care works in the Netherlands.
Doctor (General Practitioner)
For emergency dental care, you can phone a dental practice near you. Find one via Zorgkaart Nederland (only in Dutch). Does this practice have no place? Then it must refer you to another. Read more about fees for dental care. Also watch the video This is how dental care works in the Netherlands.
You can go to a pharmacy nearby. Find one via Zorgkaart Nederland (only in Dutch). Pharmacy closed? Go to the Dienstapotheek Utrecht (in Dutch), address: Burg. Fockema Andreaelaan 60. Also watch the video This is how medicine use works in the Netherlands.
As a Ukrainian, you can get your Covid jab(s) for free at a GGD injection location:
You can make use of Youth Healthcare Utrecht (phone: +31 30-286 3300) services for free:
- Local baby and child health clinics which also vaccinate babies/children.
- Questions about health and raising children (up to the age of 18)
Pregnant? Register with the Midwifery Practice Utrecht West (only in Dutch). Address: Marco Pololaan 111 or Jan Pieterszoon Coenhof 200. Phone: +31 30-288 6666, emergencies: +31 6-5472 3979. Also watch the video This is how pregnancy care works in the Netherlands.
Deaf or hard of hearing?
The Utrecht Sudo Foundation (only in Dutch) can support you with interpreters and more. Mail them via firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you want to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing Ukrainians? Read the flyer with tips (PDF, 125 kB).
Healthcare provider? Medical care to Ukrainian refugees is fully reimbursed (only in Dutch).
Transport and Return journeys
As a refugee, the trip to a shelter by public transport ('OV') is free. But once you stay there, you have to pay for it. An OV chip card is required for trains, buses, trams and subways. This costs € 8. You must put money on it to be able to use public transport.
The Municipality does not arrange a bike for you. The living allowance is intended for this as well. An exception is made for medical and school transport (see below).
School-age children receive free cycling lessons through their school. Aa an adult you can sign up for this at the Fietsmeesters (€ 15 for 10 lessons).
Bicycles for school pupils
School-age children can request a bicycle through their location manager. Per family, 1 supervisor of Taalschool pupils can get an adult bike. Child seats are also available. Guest households can often arrange an extra children's bike. Still need a bike? Please email email@example.com.
Have you stayed in Ukraine but do you not have the Ukrainian nationality — and do you want to return to your country of origin or a safe country? Look for help at IOM Netherlands.
Proof of residency (IND sticker)
As a Ukrainian refugee, you need a proof of residency, so that:
- You can show that you are allowed to live and work in the Netherlands.
- You are allowed to travel abroad (including Ukraine). NB This proof is not recognised everywhere. Read more about its validity.
Make an appointment
Extension after 4 March
Due to the uncertain situation in Ukraine, the proof of residency has been extended. If you already have this proof, you will receive a letter from the IND. This letter, together with the sticker or pass, counts as proof of residency after 4 March 2023. Lost your letter? Download it via My IND.
Did you bring a pet from Ukraine? Then you must take it to a vet quickly — for examination, registration and, if necessary, vaccinations. After that, it must be quarantined at home.
Social, cultural and sports activities
As a Ukrainian you can participate in all kinds of activities in Utrecht:
- In Vital'nya Anne (Anne's living room) you can meet other Ukrainians. There are also all kinds of (cultural) activities for children, young people and adults. Every day from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Address: Kanaalweg 86. See also Instagram
- Would you like to meet Dutch people in a homely atmosphere and have a nice meal together and possibly cook? Read more and join Ukrainians for Dinner.
- Many activities — in fields such as: language, sports/games, creative, culture, children/young people and beauty — can be found at Welkom in Utrecht.
- Do you or your child want to sport? Check the possibilities at SportUtrecht (only in Dutch).
- You can meet other Ukrainians via the Ukrainian church in the Sint-Aloysius Church (only in Dutch) (address: Adriaan van Ostadelaan 2-4) and in Meetingpoints in churches.
Children are out of school for 6 weeks during the summer holidays. Many neighbourhoods organise additional activities during that time. Schools can provide more information about summer programmes in de neighbourhoods. For current available programs, check the websites of Dock (only in Dutch), JOU (only in Dutch) and Welkom in Utrecht.
EU survey among Ukrainian refugees
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