New law on integration

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 January 2022

What has changed?

Do you organise civic integration courses for migrants in the Netherlands? A new integration scheme has been introduced. Migrants should be involved in daily life and work as soon as possible.

The new scheme encompasses the following:

  • higher demands for Dutch language learning
  • asylum seekers combine language lessons with (volunteer) work or a work placement
  • young people will get intensive Dutch language training, as well as lessons in calculus and English and study trajectory guidance
  • young people will complete their integration course in approximately a year and a half and will then move on to regular education
  • people for whom the required level of the Dutch language is not attainable and who cannot move on to regular education, will spend more time learning the language, independence and how to participate in society
  • no more exemptions for effort alone
  • everybody on the course will have to actively get tot know the local labour situation
  • participants will more often be exposed to Dutch core values, such as equality and freedom of speech

Municipalities play an important role. They will pay rent, healthcare insurance and utility bills for migrants with residence permits living on benefits. They will do so for the first 6 months after the migrant receives their permit.

For whom?

  • educational institutions
  • civic integration organisations


The change in law has come into force on 1 January 2022.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO