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Worldwide, millions of refugees continuously flee from their home countries in search of a safe haven. In cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), IOM has played a vital role in refugee resettlement around the world for more than 65 years.
For people in need of international protection, resettlement in a third country is a durable solution.

Since 1986, the Dutch government has accepted refugees for resettlement to the Netherlands. For the period January 2018 through October 2019 the Netherlands have committed themselves to accepting 3,000 refugees, of whom 1,750 are currently residing in Turkey. Special consideration is given to refugees with medical problems and women at risk.

Refugee categories

  • Refugees registered by UNHCR and selected by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) through selection missions;
  • Refugees registered by UNHCR who are accepted by the IND on an ad-hoc basis;
  • Migrants accepted by IND who are immediate family members of resettled refugees.

resettlement booklet 2020 1Download IOM Resettlement Booklet 2020What assistance does IOM provide?

Upon the request of governments, IOM provides the following resettlement assistance:

  • Movement/Travel Operations
  • Health Assessments and Travel Health Assistance
  • Provision of facilities for selection and cultural orientation missions of the Dutch government

More information

Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA)
UNHCR Resettlement
European Resettlement Network


Labour Mobility, Human Development and Resettlement Unit
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