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This information is important for people that have come to work in the Netherlands


Do you know your rights as an employee in the Netherlands?


Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did someone recruit you to come and work in the Netherlands?
  • Is the work not as promised?
  • Did your travel agent or employer take away your passport?
  • Do you have to pay off (large) debts before you can return to your country?
  • Do you not get paid enough or not at all?
  • Are you not allowed to see a doctor when you are ill?
  • Are you forced to work because someone is controlling or threatening you or your family?
  • Is your work dangerous or unhealthy?
  • Are you not able to move freely?
  • Is someone threatening to denounce you for being undocumented?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may be a victim of severe exploitation. According to Dutch law, you have a right to protection and support, even if you are undocumented. Please call FairWork for more information.


FairWork is an independent non-gouvernmental organisation (NGO) that supports women and men in exploitative situations in the Netherlands. Any information that you share with us will be kept confidential. The support that FairWork offers is free of charge.


FairWork can be reached at the following phone number: 020 760 08 09
You can also send an e-mail to: info[at]fairwork.nu