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The worldhouse is a centre for information, counseling, education and culture for undocumented migrants - people with few rights; searching for new perspectives. Approximately 15.000 undocumented people live in Amsterdam; all of them have their own story. Some of them are former refugees at the end of their legal procedure. Many came as labour immigrants, often working as domestic workers. Others are victims of trafficking or failed marriage migration. They come from 50 different countries outside the EU, like Ecuador, Ghana and the Philippines.
The worldhouse is the place where you are not dependent on others for a while. Here you can become active. Most of the activities in the worldhouse are run by undocumented migrants themselves. A vivid and strong social network makes you more powerful; voluntary work gives you better perspectives. All activities at the worldhouse are free of charge.
training in basic rights
People without papers have some basic rights in the Netherlands, for example access to health care, a right to legal help, education for children and protection from trafficking. It is important to know these rights well. Every third Wednesday of the month and, for women only, also every first Thursday there is a training. An expert gives information about one of the basic rights and you can ask your questions. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., training starts at 7.30 p.m.
dutch and english courses
Good language skills make you stronger! New courses start in March and September. Just enrol now!
You will have more opportunities if you know how use the internet, to edit texts or photos, send e-mails or create your own website. Enrol for a computer course!
Every Friday evening it’s time for the wereldhuis fusion band. Come along at 7 p.m. if you like to make music!
There are also parties, special events and changing exhibitions. Check our folders and the website for more information!
help in crisis situations
If you have problems and would like to have a confidential conversation with a pastor or a social worker you can make an appointment with them. Once a week there is a lawyer in the house who gives free legal advice. Dokters van de Wereld give information about access to healthcare every Wednesday morning and also every first Wednesday evening of the month. Make an appointment for all the counseling hours during the open house hours.
the worldhouse speaks out
Migration is of all times. Labour migrants of Amsterdam are a part of global processes. The worldhouse neither judges the motivation of a migrant nor the success of his or her plans. The worldhouse takes part in the debate around irregular migration and raises its voice when people are oppressed.
We organise yearly conferences. In our publications researchers, network partners and, of course, undocumented migrants themselves can raise their voices.
Many labour migrants try to make their position stronger by joining a self-organised group. Several grass- root organisations gather in the worldhouse every week. They organise trainings and parties. For more information check the information boards in the worldhouse and on the website.
the worldhouse is open
Tuesday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. women only
Come along during our open house hours to use the internet, to meet your friends, to make an appointment for the counseling hours or to enrol for a course.
More information on our website is available in dutch only.
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