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Factsheet for measure NL-2022-46/3002 – measures in Netherlands

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 08 November 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 02 January 2023 (updated 01 April 2023)

Background information

The online job platform links jobseekers with a refugee background to employers. The reason for developing RefugeeWork is the challenge for (refugee) status holders to be able to participate in the labour process, the arrival of large groups of refugees from Ukraine, some of whom are also looking for work, and the tightness on the labour market. Employers and jobseekers find each other through the platform, which offers information in 11 languages. Besides job offers, information can also be found on legal regulations for employers and topics such as cultural differences. This is the follow-up to the platform a webpage for refugees and helpers

Content of measure offers refugees an opportunity to get in touch with employers. On the webportal they can:

  • create a profile and indicate what skills they have;
  • get suggestions for suitable vacancies based on their skills;
  • communicate with employers who are explicitly open to making refugees successful in their organisation;
  • find information on the Dutch labour market, available in 11 languages.

uEmployers can use the webportal to: hire employees, get in touch with the target group, get information on hiring and managing refugees and by hiring refugees make a social impact. The platform is supported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and is an initiative of the NGOs VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and the Start Foundation, in cooperation with SparkOptimus.

Use of measure

Since the start of the pilot phase in July, up to the launch date in November, 1,450 jobseekers and over 100 companies have registered. Municipalities can use the platform as support in guiding jobseekers with a refugee background to work.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other groups of workers
Migrants or refugees in employment
Applies to all businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
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 No involvement
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, the initiative came from NGOs

Views and reactions




Eurofound (2023),, measure NL-2022-46/3002 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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