In order to gain a better understanding of the process which asylum seekers undertake in order to gain legal residency in The Netherlands the journey will be analyzed. A combination of Dutch and English research was conducted in order to extract relevant information. The majority of information comes from the two Dutch governmental agencies. The Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst (IND) and Centraal Orgaan opvang asielszoekers (COA). Additional information was received from Amnesty International, Humanity House, and De Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG).
The image below was sourced from the Ministry of Security and Justice, it provides a simplified visual of the journey which refugees take upon entry to The Netherlands. A more detailed description of the asylum-seeking process is contextualized further in the report.