Access to NGOs and UNHCR


Country Report: Access to NGOs and UNHCR Last updated: 30/04/24


Dutch Council for Refugees Visit Website

There are employees of the Dutch Council for Refugees present in the COL, POL and the Application Centres (AC).

Asylum seekers who are detained during their border procedure do have access to (other) NGOs (such as Amnesty International) and UNHCR. These organisations are able to visit asylum seekers in detention as any other regular visitor, but in practice, this rarely happens. On the one hand, asylum seekers are not always familiar with the organisations and do not always know how to reach them. On the other hand (representatives of) the organisations do not have the capacity to visit all the asylum seekers who wish to meet the representatives of the NGOs or UNHCR.[1] Detainees do have access to the assistance from the Dutch Council for Refugees, and their lawyer.

[1]          There are also so-called voluntary visitor groups that visit asylum seekers in detention. 

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