Information for asylum seekers and access to NGOs and UNHCR


Country Report: Information for asylum seekers and access to NGOs and UNHCR Last updated: 08/04/22


Dutch Council for Refugees Visit Website

As laid down in the Aliens Circular,[1] (representatives of) the Dutch Council for Refugees inform asylum seekers about the asylum procedure during the rest and preparation period (see Registration). This can be done either during a one-to-one meeting, or in a group where asylum seekers often do not know each other but speak a common language, generally through an interpreter on the phone. During this information meeting, the asylum seeker will also be informed that the IND may request for their transfer to another Member State under the Dublin Regulation. In such meetings, asylum seekers receive information from the Dutch Council for Refugees on the Dutch asylum procedure and on their rights and obligations.

The Dutch Council for Refugees also has up-to-date brochures available for every step in the asylum procedure (rest and preparation, short procedure, extended procedure and Dublin procedure) in 33 different languages, which are based on the most common asylum countries, notably Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brochure describes the steps in the asylum procedure, the competent authorities and the duties of the asylum seeker. In addition to this brochure, there are employees of the Dutch Council for Refugees present in the COL, POL and at Application Centres.

The IND also has leaflets with information on the different types of procedures, and rights and duties of the asylum seekers, most of which were updated in August 2015.[2] A more recent leaflet has been produced for the accelerated procedure (“Track 2”) in April 2017.[3] UNHCR verifies the content of the brochure and leaflets of the IND and the Dutch Council for Refugees. The common information forms included in Annexes X to XIII of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 118/2014 are in use.[4]

[1] Paragraph C1/2 Aliens Circular.

[2] See e.g. IND, Your asylum application: Information on the general asylum procedure, August 2015, available at:; The extended asylum procedure, August 2015, available at:

[3] IND, The simplified asylum procedure, April 2017, available at:

[4] IND, Which country is responsible for your asylum application? The Dublin procedure, August 2015, available at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation