When can you get a remigration benefit?

If you are moving back to your country of birth, you can qualify for a remigration benefit if you meet the qualifying conditions. These conditions depend on your situation. For example, the qualifying conditions for a refugee or a person entitled to asylum are different from the conditions for people from the Moluccas.

You can get a remigration benefit if you meet the following conditions:

  • you live in the Netherlands
  • you are 55 or over
  • you were 18 or over when you came to live in the Netherlands
  • you were born in the country that you are moving to
  • you have or had the nationality of your country of birth
  • you give up your Dutch nationality.
  • you are moving to your country of birth 
  • you have been receiving a Dutch benefit for 12 consecutive months before you claim a remigration benefit
  • you have been living legally in the Netherlands for 8 consecutive years before you claim a remigration benefit
  • you do not have any debts with the national government. For example, debts with the Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax and Customs Administration) or any unpaid fines. If you have already made arrangements to pay your debts, you can still get a remigration benefit
  • you are not in prison or fleeing from justice
  • you move to your country of birth within 6 months after you get our letter awarding you a remigration benefit

  • If your partner does not already live in the country you are moving to, your partner must move with you
  • Your partner must not have any debts with the national government. For example, debts with the Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax and Customs Administration) or any unpaid fines. If your partner has already made arrangements to pay their debts, you can still claim a remigration benefit
  • Your partner must not be in prison or fleeing from justice

Answer a few questions to find out whether you can get a remigration benefit. If so, you can fill in an application straight away.

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Version: 1 June 2024