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Living

Living in an asylum seekers centre

If you live in an asylum seekers centre, there are rules and rights. These rules and rights can be read in the visitors regulations of the COA. You can also read the rules and rights in the 2005 regulation on benefits for asylum seekers and other categories of foreigners. Arrival

When you arrive in a new asylum seekers centre with your parents When you arrive with your parents in a new asylum seekers centre, the COA will give you:

Money for crockery and cutlery

COA gives your parents a one-off sum to buy crockery and cutlery (for instance plates, cups and glasses). This is called the 'Basic package of Personal Standard Equipment’.

Money for cooking and cleaning

In order to cook and clean yourself, you in any case require pans, kitchen utensils and soap. For this your parents get a one-off sum from the COA at the beginning of your stay. This is called the 'Package for Cooking and Cleaning Oneself’. If you want more information about money for food, clothing and travel then go to the 'Finances' subject.
Visit

If you friends visit

Friends are allowed to visit you, even if they don’t live in the asylum seekers centre. Please note the following:
  • Your friends have to report at the entrance of the asylum seekers centre.
  • Your friends need to take a passport, proof of ID or driving licence. The COA will write down this information.
  • Your friends will get a visitors pass. They must wear this visibly.
  • When your friends go home they must report at the entrance. They also have to return the visitors pass.
Staying the night

Ask for permission

A friend (m/f) may stay the night, but you first have to ask permission from the COA. Without permission your friend has to go home before 10 pm.
Duty to report (this still requires adaptation)

Your parents must report every week

If you live in an asylum seekers centre, then your parents have to report to the COA and the Aliens police weekly. This is known as the 'duty to report'. Children up to the age of 18 do not have a duty to report. Unaccompanied minor foreign nationals (amvs) must report every day in the house they live in. If you live in a family location or freedom restricting location then your parents have to report every day except for Sundays.

FAQ about the duty to report

Why do my parents have the duty to report? The COA and the Aliens police want to know whether you still live in the asylum seekers centre. The COA and the Aliens police want to see your parents every week to verify this. How often do my parents have to report? How often your parents have to report differs per location:
  • If you live in an asylum seekers centre, then your parents have to report every week. On which day and what time differs per asylum seekers centre. COA staff knows the time and day of the duty to report.
  • If you live in a family location or in a freedom restricting location (Ter Apel), then your parents have to report every day except for Sundays. Day and time differ per centre. COA staff knows the time and day of the duty to report.
In a family location or in a freedom restricting location your parents have to report more often, because the Aliens police wants to keep an extra eye out to see whether you still live at the location. You must always be available for a talk about returning. Where do my parents need to report to? Each asylum seekers centre has a different place to report to. If you are moving to a new asylum seekers centre then a COA member of staff will say where and when your parents need to report.  How do my parents have to report? Your parents show their W-document, alien identity card or reporting document to the COA member of staff or the Aliens police. Your parents also need to leave their fingerprints. What happens if my parents don’t report for a day? It’s possible that your parents cannot report for a day. For instance because they need to visit the doctor. Or your parents have an appointment with the lawyer. For these types of appointments your parents can get an 'exemption of the duty to report'. This means that your parents don’t have to report for a day. This is how it works:
  • Your parents must tell the COA one day in advance at the latest that they cannot report for a day.
  • The COA asks your parents for proof. This proof indicates why your parents cannot report. This can be, for instance, an appointment card of the doctor. The proof can also be a letter of a lawyer or court.
Your parents can only get an 'exemption of the duty to report' for one of the following reasons:
  • For an appointment for the asylum procedure. For instance, an appointment with the lawyer. Or an appointment for the verdict of a judge.
  • For health reasons. For instance, because your parents need to go to a doctor or a psychologist.
  • Because your mother is pregnant. You mother doesn’t have to report as of six weeks before the birth and up to six weeks after the birth.
  • If your parents are hospitalised in a hospital or psychiatric clinic.
  • If your parents go to a funeral of their child, brother, sister, parent, parent-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
  • If you parents are getting married or going to the wedding of their child, brother, sister, parent, parent-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
  • If your parents are obliged to join a COA programme. For instance, a talk with a COA member of staff.
  • If your parents have to do something for their citizenship course.
What happens if my parents forget to report? If you parents haven’t reported for a day without mentioning this in advance, the COA may punish them. The punishment is usually a fine.
Pets

Not in the asylum seekers centre

You are living quite close together in an asylum seekers centre and some people are allergic to pets.  This is why pets are not allowed in the asylum seekers centre.
Cleaning

Your do this yourself

You and your parents need to keep your home clean. The space in front of your home must also be kept clean. You can be fined if the home isn’t clean.
Nothing on the walls

Short residence

You may want to decorate your room. You would like to paint the walls, hang up a poster or painting. This is unfortunately not allowed. The intention is that you will only live in the home for a short period. The COA wants the home to remain the same and remain safe. You can therefore not hammer any nails into the wall. Unfortunately, posters or photos are also not allowed on the wall as this could cause fire. The COA checks your home occasionally. They will check whether everything is safe. If you want to hang up a map or poster then you must ask whether this is allowed at the information desk.
Right to privacy

This applies to everyone

In an asylum seekers centre you have the right to privacy. No one is simply allowed to enter your home and no one is allowed to simply look into your personal belongings. The COA, or someone else, may not simply enter your home. They need to ask you whether you agree first. If the COA thinks you are not adhering to the rules, then they are allowed to go inside without asking. Also if they think you are in need. For instance, if the COA thinks someone is staying with you without permission.
Registering with the local authority

In an asylum seekers centre for longer than six months

If you have been living in an asylum seekers centre for longer than six months then you need to register with the local authority. This is how:
  • Go to the information desk in the asylum seekers centre. Say you want to register with the local authority.
  • You will be given a form. This form states your information and the place you live now. This is called a ‘declaration of address’.
  • Take this form to the town hall or the local government offices. The town hall or local government offices must be part of the local authority of your asylum seekers centre.
  • Also take other important papers with you. For instance a birth certificate.
  • In the town hall or local government offices you should go to the front desk. Explain that you want to register as a resident.
  • Show your W-document and your declaration of address.
Computers and internet

Doing homework and gaming

After school you may want to occasionally use the internet. For instance to check Facebook or Twitter. Or for homework. Each asylum seekers centre has a space with computers with internet. How long can I use the internet? How long you can use the internet differs per asylum seekers centre. The COA says that you can go on the internet for about one to one-and-a-half hours a day. This may be different. It depends on how many volunteers are supervising the space with computers. Our space with computers is almost never open, what can I do? There need to be volunteers who supervise the space with computers. Sometimes there are too few volunteers and the space is almost never open. If this happens a lot, then go to the information desk or your housing supervisor and ask them to solve this problem. Can I have a laptop in my room? Yes, you are allowed your own laptop in your room. There isn’t Wi-Fi everywhere yet, so there’s a chance that you won’t have internet. You can subscribe for an internet connection.
Insurance

If you break something accidentally

Did you accidentally break or damage something? You then usually don’t have pay for this yourself. You have been covered for this if you live in an asylum seekers centre. Your parents do have to report this to the information desk.
Water, electricity and gas

In all homes in the asylum seekers centre

Your home in the asylum seekers centre has water, electricity and gas. If you use more of this than usual (for instance because you take a very long shower every day), you may have to pay.

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