When you live in the Netherlands as an unaccompanied minor migrant, you will be placed in one of the following:
If you are between 15 and 18 years of age and are capable of living on your own, you will be placed within a campus. This is a place where a group of unaccompanied minor migrants, up to 100 maximum (although usually much fewer), live together in one complex. Each campus has COA personnel on site to make sure that everything is going smoothly. Your Nidos guardian will also check to make sure things are going well with you personally. You can always call or e-mail him or her with questions, or ask your guardian to come to the campus and meet you. The campuses will be closing at the end of 2015. Click here to read what will be set up to replace them
Children younger than the age of 13 who arrive in the Netherlands seeking refuge are placed in a foster family. In these situations, you will live in the foster family's home.
Foster families are selected by the Nidos organization.
Small-scale Housing Unit (KWE)
If you are between 15 and 18 years of age and not yet capable of living on your own, you will be placed in a Small-scale Housing Unit, where you will live with a maximum of three other young people. A mentor will be present all day to help you and monitor you.
Children's Communal Home (KWG)
Children aged 13-15 are placed in a Children's Communal Home (KWG), a small group where you will live with a maximum of 8-12 children. An adult is present all day to help you and supervise your group.
Protected reception location
Sometimes, children are forced to come to the Netherlands, for example, by a human trafficker seeking a source of forced labour in this country.
If the Nidos organization or the Aliens Police suspect that you have been forced to come here, you will be placed in a protected reception location. This is a place where you will be safe from the people who have forced you to come here.
In this protected environment, you will live in a small group, and be monitored to ensure that you are not at risk. This will mean that you will be not entirely free to come and go as you please. Sometimes (especially at the beginning), a supervisor will accompany you when you go out.
The protected reception locations are kept secret, to make sure that human traffickers cannot find out where their victims are.