Help with procedure and shelter?

Gave provides limited support with respect to asylum procedures and shelter. In general, Gave can help with advice on various issues related to asylum claims and to the housing of asylum seekers. Gave also supports Christian asylum seekers and their churches in various ways, using our specific expertise in this field.

On this page you will find advice on a number of important issues:

Information and training: Gave is happy to be invited for an information or training session. Just contact us and tell us your needs (by 'phone: 0341-460328 or by e-mail)

General information about Gave: see these pages

Support for the asylum procedure

Can someone explain the situation?

Asylum seekers can best ask their lawyer or the local office of VluchtelingenWerk. ('Council for Refugees'). You may contact Gave to discuss a particular situation also, although we do not have expertise on all issues.
The IND provides specific information about asylum procedures and COA provides information about the reception of asylum seekers.

Costs involved in a procedure

Sometimes financial support is needed to cover the fees involved in a procedure. In general, it is wise to enquire as to whether these fees are reasonable. E.g.: asylum procedures are free of charge and legal support by asylum lawyers is often free of charge also.
There are some procedures that cost money indeed. One such procedure is a claim on grounds of the 'kinderpardon' ('child's pardon'), a provision for minors who have lived in the Netherlands for at least five years and are thus believed to be rooted in Dutch society rather than in their parents' home country. Before paying towards such fees, however, we advise to assess the chance of success of such a procedure, because the rules are very strict.

Complaints about the lawyer

We are always careful when one makes a complaint about the lawyer. It can be understandable though misplaced and expectations may not always be realistic. Furthermore: changing lawyer can be harmful to a case because the new lawyer has to read through the (sometimes huge) file while time may fail him to prepare an appeal properly. Therefore ask advice before switching lawyer.

Aid for Christian asylum seekers

Someone is interested in the Christian faith

If an asylum seeker is interested in the Christian faith, it can be important that he tells his lawyer and the IND.

Someone has become a Christian

Conversion can be a ground for a (new) asylum application. Gave gives advice to churches how they can support a new convert. Gave can support asylum lawyers also; he may contact us.

Fear for religious persecution on return

When the asylum claim of a Christian is rejected while there is a risk of religious persecution on return to his home country, it is important to contact us as soon as possible, preferably through our online form (in Dutch). After a court hearing we can do very little anymore.

Intimidation and violence in the reception centre

We are very concerned about minorities, including Christians, facing intimidation and even violence in the reception centres. If you are a victim or if you know a victim, please report to us (anonymously if prefered). If possible, use our report form (in Dutch) We discuss issues with COA and with the government on your behalf.

Provision of shelter

Many refugees find their way into and Europe, including the Netherlands. Many citizens have welcomed them into their towns and started aid projects. Quite a few have offered a shelter to them. However, we do not really support the idea that citizens would provide a bed to refugees unless there has developed a kind of lasting friendship. In general, the government still succeeds in the creation of sufficient places in the reception centres and the temporary shelters. A bed in a private home is thus not necessary. Just offer hospitality by inviting refugees for tea or coffee, for a meal or for an activity. That would be most appreciated.

Asylum claim rejected: what next?

Return

If one has focussed on a future in the Netherlands for a long time it will be very hard to reconsider a future in the country of origin, especially when one has unhappy memories. However, that does not mean that return is no option. It does mean that one needs help from specialized organisations. Read the stories of people who made a successful return this way.

Shelter

When someone has to leave the reception centre and ends up in the streets one may think about inviting him into his home. Our advice is to first consider existing professional shelters, see www.basicrights.nl for addresses and for information on the rights of undocumented people. Furthermore, we advise the working together in a group of people, e.g. involving the church in the decision making and in the drafting of a mutual agreement with the refugee(s) you want to host. Finally, it is important to be clear that you can only provide a shelter for a limited time. The refugee will need to be working towards a concrete definite solution himself.

Publicity

We do understand the desire for some kind of public campaign on behalf of a refugee you know well. It is important, though, to be aware that public action may limit the government's freedom to deviate from her official policy. 'Silent diplomacy' may therefore be more effective.