Source description last updated: 13 September 2018

In brief: The Dutch Council for Refugees, an independent NGO formed in and based in Amsterdam, engages in protection of refugees and asylum seekers through personal support and advocacy for their access, reception and participation in society.

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DCR offers “refugees practical support during their asylum procedure and their integration in the Dutch society. In addition, we provide members of the Parliament with information concerning refugee issues and policy and we carry an active lobby for refugee rights. Another important part of our work is to supply information and advice to asylum lawyers. We also develop various projects to promote the integration of refugees in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we are committed to increasing public support for refugees. […]
The Dutch Council for Refugees […] aims to share its knowledge and experience with NGOs in other countries, particularly the countries at the external borders of the EU.” (DCR: DCR website, undated)
DCR cooperates with European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “not to start operations abroad, but rather to provide experience and expertise to local NGOs. We support them in their organisational and institutional development and further strengthen their knowledge, skills and service delivery, thus expanding the local safety net for refugees and asylum seekers. Projects mostly consist of trainings, study visits and workshops to foster the exchange between DCR and partner-NGOs.” (DCR: DCR International programme, p. 3, undated)

Their experts concentrate on asylum law, legal aid, integration and participation, organisational development and institutional development. (DCR: DCR International programme, p. 3-5, undated)

“In 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) invited [DCR] to publish a report about the security situation in Ethiopia. [...] All over the world, governments base their asylum and country policies on these independent UNHCR reports.” (DCR: Summary Annual Report 2016, p. 2)

DCR receives donations and employs volunteers. They are funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the government and  a number of funds. The “international projects are mainly funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EU (AMIF)” (ERSO - European Integration Support Organisation website: Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland, undated).

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Afghanistan, China, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Somalia and Syria.
Thematic focus: legal aid, fundraising, organizational development and institutional development.

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Language(s) of publications:
English and Dutch
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