Leiderdorp supports Ukrainians
Many citizens of Leiderdorp want to help Ukrainians who fled their country. The municipality of Leiderdorp will also take in refugees.
For more information check: www.refugeehelp.com. Information is available in Dutch, English, Ukrainian and Russian.
Answers to frequently asked questions
Where will refugees be placed?
From 1 October, 36 independent residential units will be available in the Statenhof. 90 Ukrainian refugees can live here temporarily. In addition, Rijnhart Wonen has agreed to make housing available for Ukrainian refugees on Pinksterbloem and a number of other locations.
Ukranian refugees also live with Leiderdorp host families.
How long can Ukrainians stay in Leiderdorp?
This is initially for half a year.
Do refugees have to register themselves?
Yes, refugees from Ukraine have to register themselves in the municipality where they are staying. This is possible in the City Office of Leiderdorp. Refugees can do this by appointment only. For an appointment call 071-5458500 or mail to email@example.com. After registration the information will be added to the Personal Records Database (Dutch: BRP). A registered refugee gets a Citizen Service Number (BSN). This number is needed to arrange all of your government affairs.
Can refugees take their pets with them?
Not if a member of the family stays behind in Ukraine. If refugees are already traveling to the Netherlands with a pet, please note that there are strict import regulations concerning pets. You may have to take your pet to a veterinarian when arriving in the Netherlands.
Information for Ukrainians who are staying already in the Netherlands
Work and income
Are Ukrainians allowed to work?
Yes. As soon as you are registered you may work.
Do Ukrainians get a living allowance?
In principle yes, however not if you are working. With this form you can apply for the living allowance in Dutch and Ukrainian. Have you filled in the form? Then make an appointment by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write your name and family composition in the e-mail. You will then receive an email with the day and time that you can come. The email will also state which documents you need to bring with you (such as the completed application form).
What is the living allowance for?
It is for food, clothing and other personal expenses. If you are staying at a private reception address, for example with a host family, you will receive an extra amount. You could perhaps use this to contribute to the household expenses. You should make arrangements with your host family about this yourself. And you can also use it to pay for the cost of public transport or activities.
Who can receive a living allowance?
You can receive a living allowance if you are staying at a reception address in Leiderdorp, and if you meet all of the following conditions:
- You are staying in Leiderdorp, in a municipal or private reception facility
- You have no income
- You come from Ukraine
Additional condition if you are staying in a private reception facility:
- You are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the municipality of Leiderdorp.
Amount of living allowance
This currently amounts to € 60 per person per week if you are in the municipal reception centre.
Do you have accommodaton at a private address, for example with a host family? And do you have a Dutch bank account? In that case, the amounts are as follows:
- € 475 per adult per month
- € 315 per under-age child per month
If you do not yet have a Dutch bank account, the amounts are as follows. The allowance will be paid to you in cash.
- € 110 per adult per week
- € 70 per under-age child per week
Changes in your situation
Changes in your situation may have consequences for your living allowance. This could be a house move, a change in the family composition or your child reaches the age of 18. You should inform us of any changes straight away via email@example.com.
What will happen when the national scheme comes into effect?
We will review your situation at that time. For example, whether you are still entitled to a living allowance, and the amount of this allowance. We will contact you then, to explain what will happen.
What's the amount of living allowance?
From the 1st of February 2023 the living allowance for food and clothing, as well as the extra allowance for those staying with a host family will change for refugees from Ukraine. This will bring it more in line with the financial assistance for other groups in Dutch society, such as asylum seekers, asylum permit holders and those who receive social assistance benefits. This factsheet contains information on the exact nature of the changes and how they will affect you and your family.
- The amount for food (previously €205 per person) will now depend on the size of your family. The larger the number of people in your family, the lower the amount per person:
- If your family consists of 1 or 2 people, you will receive €215,06 per adult or unaccompanied minor and €178,36 per minor per month.
- If your family consists of 3 people, you will receive €171,99 per adult and €142,57 per minor per month.
- If your family consists of 4 or more people, you will receive €150,45 per adult and €124,97 per minor per month.
- Are you living in a municipal reception facility? If so, the municipality may choose to provide you with meals. In that case, you will not receive money for food.
- The amount for clothing and personal expenses (previously €55 per person) is being increased to €56,12 per person per month.
- Are you staying in private accommodations, such as with a host family? If so, you will receive an additional amount for accommodation of €93 per person per month (previously €215 per adult and €55 per minor).
- From the 1st of February, the rules about work and the living allowance will change as well. From that date onwards, when a person of 18 years or older starts working, the living allowance for their entire family will be stopped. This will also happen if a person 18 years or older receives benefits from the Dutch government, such as an unemployment or occupational disability benefit. Working yields more: those who work 3 days a week for the minimum wage already earn more than the living allowance.
Can Ukrainians open a bank account?
You can open a bank account at three different banks:
Is childcare for children available?
Children aged 0-4 can go to childcare. Childcare costs money. Sometimes you can apply for childcare allowance for this. The law to apply for childcare benefits has yet to be approved. Until then, you will receive the surcharge as an advance. If you apply for the childcare allowance, you must meet the criteria for childcare allowance.
Are you not entitled to receive childcare allowance? In that case, the municipality can sometimes pay (part of) the cost. This is possible when your child receives an indication for pre-school education. The ‘Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin’ (CJG) or the childcare organization can provide you with more information.
You can choose a childcare location yourself. Many locations are currently full. There may not be room right away. This means that your child will be placed on a waiting list.
Incluzio organizes a ‘kinderkring’ every week. Here parents and grandparents can meet and talk about their children and their upbringing while enjoying a cup of coffee, tea or soft drink. Here the children can play with other children. The ‘kinderkring’ is every Tuesday morning from 9 to 11 in the Sterrentuin.
Do children have to go to school?
Ukrainian children have the right to go to school. The municipality is in talks with schools to give them access to education as soon as possible.
Children aged 4 and 5 can go to our local primary schools in groups 1 and 2.
For children from 6 to 18 years old, the municipality of Leiden coordinates the registration and placement in an international language class or transition class. This means that Ukrainian children from 6 to 18 years old are no longer accepted at regular schools in Leiderdorp.
For children aged 4 and 5, you can report to Incluzio. They look at which school is at and help you with the placement.
Children from 6 to 18 years old must be registered with the registration form for education (in English). The municipality of Leiden coordinates the registration and placement.
Note that this form should only be filled in together with the parent or guardian of the child in question.
As a refugee you are entitled to necessary medical care during your stay in the Netherlands. You do not have to pay for this. Necessary medical care includes visits to the GP, hospital, pharmacy or midwifery practice.
If you have a medical issue, you can consult a local GP. Dental care will only be paid for if it is a medical necessity. And up to a maximum amount of €250. Do you need medical care, but don’t you know how to find that? Then you can call Tonny Hoonhout or Carla Rijling. You can reach them by calling 071 54 58 500, during opening hours. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For an acute medical emergency, call 112.
Healthcare costs within the basic insurance package are reimbursed. You can find out what these costs are at www.zorginstituutnederland.nl/Verzekerde+zorg/b/basispakket-zorgverzekeringswet-zvw. The care institution will take care of the expense claims for costs incurred. So you do not have to pay anything yourself.
Ukrainians who have registered will receive a Burger Service Nummer (BSN). If you have a BSN, your health care costs will be covered by the Regeling Medische zorg Ontheemden uit Oekraïne (RMO) from 1 July 2022. You will find all important information about the RMO at https://www.refugeehelp.nl/en/get-help/health-care/healthinsurance.
Can I go to the food bank?
Because Ukrainians receive living allowance, they are not entitled to food from the food bank. Do you not receive a living allowance? Send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 06-18348481.
The Food Bank is located at Willem Barentszstraat 37, 2315 TZ Leiden. More information can be found on the website of the food bank.
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I have family or acquaintances in Ukraine who are coming to Leiderdorp. Where should I report this?
The municipality works by appointment. You can call to 071 54 58 500 during our opening hours to make an appointment. You can also mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to help with accomodating Ukrainian refugees
We are very grateful that you are willing and able to help with accommodating refugees. If you can offer accommodation for several families and individuals, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com.
It is preferable if the refugees have more or less self-contained accommodation, and at least have their own bathroom facilities. Of course, all help and support is welcome, but there is also a lot involved in hosting refugees. The Takecarebnb organisation has extensive experience in accommodating refugees with host families. Their website presents ten points for host families to consider.
I want to donate money.
Often, initiatives and organizations that work for refugees depend on gifts and donations from individuals and companies. You can support them by making a donation. A complete list of organizations you can find here: https://www.refugeehelp.nl/offer-help/category/donations.