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Factsheet for measure NL-2022-11/2207 – measures in Netherlands

Setting up new accommodation for refugees from Ukraine in Dutch regions

Opvang vluchtelingen uit Oekraïne

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 08 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 05 May 2022 (updated 12 March 2023)

Background information

The Government put together an emergency taskforce in the light of expected refugees from Ukraine. Furthermore, the Government financially supports several organisations to coordinate private initiatives of people to help Ukrainians in different ways. The Red Cross, Refugeehelp Netherlands and the Salvation Army work together in screening potential host families, finding accommodation for refugees etc. Legal basis for this measure was initially the State Emergency Law, but this is being replaced by a temporary law which is currently in consultation.

Content of measure

Municipalities and security regions will coordinate the realisation of accommodation locations for at least 1,000 refugees from Ukraine per region within two weeks. This involves the complete realisation of locations, the furnishing of locations and their actual operation. They are also working on an additional 1,000 places per security region in the period thereafter (the Netherlands is divided into 25 security regions. Each security region is dedicated to the safety of the inhabitants and visitors of that area). In this way, a total of approximately 50,000 accommodation places will become available for Ukrainians. The government is funding the accommodation.

€12 million is made available to keep the taskforce up and running until the end of 2023, €100 million is made available to support municipalities in building (temporary) accommodation for refugees. Several NGOs received financial support: over €7 million for an NGO supporting municipalities with accommodation, over €13 million for RefugeeHomeNL, over €12 million for the Red Cross for humanitarian aid.

Together with the municipalities and security regions concerned, an Information Desk on Ukraine will be set up. This information desk will provide arriving refugees with information on available housing and will ensure division of refugees over different areas of the country.

Use of measure

As of 31 December 2022, 69,450 beds are available for refugees from Ukraine, of which 67,450 are currently in use. These numbers are being updated twice a week on a government portal. 86,710 refugees have been registered at municipalities. The people not staying in the beds available are staying in private accommodation.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

No involvement.



Eurofound (2022), Setting up new accommodation for refugees from Ukraine in Dutch regions, measure NL-2022-11/2207 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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