Welcoming Newcomers - Samen Hier

The Amsterdam Hub is working together with Samen Hier, an initiative formed by four major Dutch cities (Haarlem, The Hague, Rotterdam and Almere). With the support of the Oranjefonds, the Amsterdam Hub is working with the cities to set up 50 groups, each of which will help support a newcomer in Dutch society. Each group consists of five individuals, friends, colleagues or family members. For one year, the goal is for the group to help the newcomer with any questions he or she may have, create a social network for them and generally help them find their way. The group receives support including training and access to a cultural expert, and each group is matched with a newcomer using the famous algorithm option developed by the University of Toronto. The model has been a great success in Canada. Learn more: