ASKV Refugee Support

ASKV is an Amsterdam-based organisation providing legal assistance and social support to rejected asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Over the past thirty years, ASKV has supported undocumented migrants with a refugee background by providing shelter, legal and social assistance, daytime activities, and vocational training. Within the organisation there is a dedicated focus on direct assistance to stateless persons and we work on structural improvements in their situation including through strategic litigation, research and awareness campaigns. ASKV is a vocal advocate for refugee and stateless rights, both locally and nationally and engages in direct policy advocacy for durable improvements in Dutch policy. ASKV’s multifaceted approach to assistance and support for undocumented (stateless) refugees ultimately aims to secure their right to residence in the Netherlands and end their precarious and marginalised existence.

ASKV Refugee Support website

Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN)

Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN) is an association of all the former Bhutanese Citizens who came to the Netherlands as refugees and are now living in the Netherlands. It is a non political, non profit, non religious and purely an association that runs through voluntary contributions from its members and sympathisers.

BCN was primarily formed in September 2009 for the following major purposes:- 
1.    To unite all the former Bhutanese Citizens who are living in The Netherlands after being evicted from Bhutan.
2.    To assist them for getting Dutch Citizenship/eradicating statelessness in the community and for the effective integration in the Dutch Society with proper knowledge of Dutch Language and their ways of living.
3.    To work commonly for the preservation and promotion of our mother tongue, positive parts of our culture and traditions besides giving more focus to Dutch Language and integration.
4.    To show support and solidarity to both our community members and other communities during needs and emergencies.
5.    To provide platform for our community members to show their skills and talents by organizing periodic cultural programs, seminars, workshops, leadership trainings and other related productive gatherings.
6.    To act as a network with our communities living in other parts of the world and make effort to work together towards preserving our common history, documents and other precious articles.
7.    To make effort to bring awareness about our existance with our local communities and government by inviting them in our cultural and other events time to time.
8.    To make possible efforts for the reconnection with families and friends living back in Bhutan

Bhutanese Community in The Netherlands (BCN) website

Caia Vlieks

Caia Vlieks graduated cum laude in International and European Public Law and is a student of the Research Master in Law at Tilburg Law School. She has conducted an analysis of Dutch “no fault” case files with a view to discovering to what extent statelessness plays a role in the decision-making and has written her Master’s Thesis on the extent to which the European Convention on Human Rights obliges states to determine statelessness. Her future research will focus on the protection of stateless persons and the prevention of statelessness by the legal framework of the Council of Europe. 

Caia Vlieks website

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to leading an integrated, inter-disciplinary response to the injustice of statelessness and exclusion. We believe in the value of research, education, partnership and advocacy as means to promote the inclusion of the stateless and the disenfranchised. We aim to develop and share our skills and expertise with partners in civil society, academia, the UN and governments, and to serve as a catalyst for change. The Institute is registered as a Foundation under Dutch Law, and has an affiliation with Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion website

Karel Hendriks

Karel Hendriks is an Associate Protection Officer for UNHCR in Iraq, exclusively focusing on statelessness. He is responsible for the overall UNHCR strategy on statelessness in Iraq, including the development of a mapping study to quantify and analyze the stateless population in the country. Prior to his posting in Baghdad, Karel worked for UNHCR in the Netherlands, co-authoring the report “Mapping statelessness in the Netherlands”, which provided a demographic, social and legal analysis of statelessness in the Netherlands. The report’s qualitative findings were based on 25 in-depth interviews with stateless persons. Karel holds a BSc in Anthropology, a MSc in Political Science and an Advanced Master in International Development.

Katja Swider

Katja Swider is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam, writing about the contemporary challenges of statelessness determination in Europe. She has an LLM degree in European Law from Leiden University and an LLM in Legal Research from University of Utrecht. In addition to her academic work, Katja cooperates closely with non-academic actors to address statelessness in the Netherlands. She organizes workshops, presents her findings to policy makers, and provides expert knowledge to legal practitioners. Her most recent project is on the potential role of the EU in shaping national statelessness determination procedures.

Kerk in Actie

We are the church in action: a worldwide community of people who believe. Who believe in God and in each other. A real church is an active church. We are the Protestant Church in the Netherlands in action: two million members (of 17 million habitants), over 1600 local congregations are active on behalf of their fellow men and women, near and far. No one is excluded. All are welcome. We are touched and inspired by Jesus Christ and the Bible’s call to take care of widows and orphans, prisoners and refugees. It is our calling to share what we have received.

Kerk in Actie website

Michelle van Burik

Michelle is an Individual Member of ENS who has worked on Roma rights issues for twenty years. She is an expert in frontline casework, holistic support for individual cases as well as political lobbying on statelessness issues. Alongside this work, Michelle’s grassroots mobilisation and community engagement work is focused on raising awareness on the effects of antigypsyism related to statelessness. Currently Michelle is active as a guest History Lecturer in schools and universities, curates exhibitions and gives presentations in Dutch, English and German. She is active at local, national and European level.

New Women Connectors

Working together, a team of immigrant, migrant and refugee women have mobilized themselves to propel Anila’s vision into a movement. By raising awareness through facilitated platforms of discussion addressing the challenges and opportunities migrant / Refugee women face in European cities and cultures, New Women Connectors aims to create policy and community shifts surrounding these matters.
Envisioned, created and led by migrant refugee women, New Women Connectors focuses on ensuring all voices are heard and responded to, so that migrant refugee women can feel empowered. We believe that by creating an open platform, we can facilitate individual and group reflection through the exchange of dialogue and listening to one another. As a result, these efforts can, and will, lead to collaborative feasible solutions of urgent matters migrant women and newcomers face in European cities. 
New Women Connectors aims to demonstrate how, through the power of voice, individuals can reflect on and recognize the capabilities we together- as migrant women - have and share.

New Women Connectors website

Reem Abbas

I have been working as a humanitarian worker for almost 10 years with different organizations starting with UNHCR in Syria as a case worker and then as a senior child protection officer . As a Palestinian refugee living in Syria it was hard to live within the bad security situation during the war so the only option I had is to flee to Netherlands where I was considered a stateless. Being identified as a stateless person was not easy and made me think that we should pay more attention to this group and identify the risks and problems for this group and trying to find solution and make more awareness among the communities about it. Especially that whenever I am asked about the status on my residence permit and and I say it is stateless people have no idea what it means . in my point of view , there should be more awareness about statelessness as a legal term and then more deep in assessment for stateless people to tackle the issues they face in the country of asylum.
Recently my activities has been with NEW WOMEN CONNECTORS and vluchtelingenwerk Eindhoven and this issue of statelessness is one of things that I am dealing with.