Together we endeavor for the sense of belonging of newcomers in the Netherlands

Did you know that in the Netherlands 50% of newcomers feel lonely and that only 25% have a job? Not only can this be better, this must be better. Our idea? Give newcomers more ownership to take their own steps.

Together with all fantastic initiatives in the Netherlands, we offer them a motivating place to rebuild a new life, step by step. One place where relevant information is available, you book activities, and where you can go with all your questions so that you feel a little more at home in your new place of residence. Together we offer newcomers a warm welcome and enrich Dutch society. Build with us and download our app!


Every newcomer is welcome

How different would the world be if every newcomer was welcome? The entry, reception and integration of newcomers would have been handled in a different way, citizens would behave differently and as Welcome app we would probably not play the role we do now. Welcome is in our name for a reason. Every newcomer is welcome, that is our dream.

Welcome app Netherlands foundation

The Welcome app Netherlands foundation is an ANBI foundation.

Our goal is to create a platform that offers valuable connections and opportunities for newcomers in their search for a new home. We do this by developing a central platform where municipalities, social initiatives, companies and locals come together to offer relevant and local information and activities.

Chamber of Commerce number: 66011310

Find our impact reports here (in Dutch)

Impact report 2020 Impact report 2021 Impact report 2022 Policy plan ANBI Publication form


Meet the Welcome app team!

Loes Ansems

Head of Operations & Impact

‘’W! brings ownership, equality and social contact back into the integration process. I am honoured to be able to work on the impact piece by listening carefully and constantly learning.‘’

Julius Weise


‘’W! approaches everyone from strength and potential and facilitates newcomers to take the steps they deem necessary. Thousands of people can build a new life through our platform. How cool is that?‘’

Tim Grasmaijer

Head of Product

‘’W! uses technology to solve an important social problem. I think it's very cool to make a beautiful app for a special target group.‘’

Aisha Ahmed

User Engagement Coordinator

‘’I know from my own experience how access to relevant information can be essential for newcomers. W! offers newcomers a way to integrate more easily and feel at home.‘’

Carlijn den Boer

Brand Manager

‘’I believe we can work better together to welcome and support newcomers to find their place in the Netherlands. The app plays the connecting role in this!‘’

Isabel Lumani

Project Coordinator

‘’Before joining W! I felt powerless when I watched the news. Now I can make a difference and that feels good!‘’

Roos van Kreij

Project Coordinator

‘’I want to be the voice of those Dutch people who do welcome newcomers with open arms; show how big that group is and how far we can come together!‘’

Margot Albert

Project Coordinator

‘’I work at W! because I want to ensure that the many opportunities for newcomers and the Netherlands are seen and utilized.‘’

Nahom Berhane

Community Builder

‘’Everyone (including newcomers) should have an equal chance in a diverse world. I contribute to that at Welcome app.‘’

Merel Cosijn

Project Coordinator

‘’After years of living abroad, at W! I can do something for newcomers in my own country!‘’

Will you be our new team member?