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
Money for crockery and cutleryCOA 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 cleaningIn 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.
If you friends visitFriends 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.
Ask for permissionA 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.
Your parents must report every weekIf 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 reportWhy 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Not in the asylum seekers centreYou 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.
Your do this yourselfYou 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.
Short residenceYou 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.
This applies to everyoneIn 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.
In an asylum seekers centre for longer than six monthsIf 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.