The Dutch Learn to Welcome Refugee Students

Originally published by Al-Fanar Media and reprinted with permission.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands–When Wassim Mahmoud needs help navigating student life in Amsterdam, he turns to Rosa Rietkerk, a Dutch political-science student.

Mahmoud, a 29-year-old Palestinian from Syria, and Rietkerk, 20, met through the Foundation for Refugee Students (known by its Dutch acronym, UAF), a charity that supports refugees in higher education.

Mahmoud faced a daunting task when he began his master’s degree in development studies at the University of Amsterdam in September. “As a new student, I didn’t have any friends I could ask for advice,” he said. Read more.