Meet new people in your neighbourhood!

If asked, most refugees will tell you that they felt incredibly welcome when they first arrived in the Netherlands. Despite the difficult circumstances they experienced during their sometimes months-long stay in emergency shelters or in refugee centers, helpful locals were always available to pitch in.

Many refugees now have received a residency permit and have been allocated housing. Truly a moment they have longed for. However, getting in touch with locals in their neighbourhoods isn’t always easy, even though that is exactly what they need.

Having people around to show you the ropes or to speak Dutch with is vital when it comes to succesfull integration.

We know that there are many Amsterdam citizens who want to meet newcomers but do not know how or where to start.


If you are one of those people, IMBY can help you get in touch with newcomers in your neighbourhood. Because it is necessary and fun! Because it is important for all of us that we get to know eachother.

If you are a newcomer: you are most welcome to fill in the form below and become part of one of our IMBY-groups.

Our groups consist of families, couples, singles, young and old people. Each group decides what it is they would like to do. Most groups organise monthly dinners or other meetings. In between we communicate via WhatsApp or Facebook and meet on a one-on-one basis.

Please fill in this form and we’ll get in touch with you:

Name *
Please mention any questions you may have here. You can also describe your personal situation. All information is treated confidential.