The right to food and shelter is enshrined in European and universal treaties. As a rule, you are entitled as an undocumented migrant to rent accommodation in the Netherlands. Many undocumented migrants cannot afford a place of their own. They depend on the help of others.

Undocumented migrants in the Netherlands are usually barred by law from shelter and support from regular organisations. In some cases, however, you can go to a government-run bed-bath-bread location (bed-bad-brood-locatie). In Almere the Salvation Army (Leger des Heils) has a bed-bath-bread location. You can apply by contacting the Dutch Council for Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk) in Almere. The municipality of Almere will then determine whether you are entitled to shelter in the bed-bad-bread location. In rare cases, accommodation may be provided privately.

Below, we list some questions which undocumented migrants frequently ask. You can find answers to all sorts of questions on the websites mentioned below.

For more information

About the bed-bath-bread location and to apply for shelter, contact VluchtelingenWerk Almere: www.vluchtelingenwerk.nl/middennederland/locaties-adressen/locatie-almere

Undocumented families with children under 18 qualify for asylum at a Family Reception Centre (Gezinsopvanglocatie). See www.coa.nl/nl/zoek-locatie, search for type of location ‘gezinslocatie’.

About shelter for undocumented migrants with or without children, including in the case of disease or domestic violence, see the website of Stichting LOS: www.stichtinglos.nl/content/opvang-en-onderdak.

By law, support for unaccompanied undocumented children is offered by Nidos, an independent (family) guardianship institution.

The website of Stichting LOS has an overview of private organisations that offer shelter to undocumented people: www.stichtinglos.nl/noodopvang.

You can also ask a church for help.