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Find out why nothing tops Groningen: a province of culture, history and higher education.
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With their rich history and their own unique language, Friesland or Fryslân is a special place in the North.
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Explore the natural beauty and innovative business sectors in the province of Drenthe.
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Interview With Karen Prowse

IWCN Celebrates Its 9th Anniversary

On November 3rd 2023, the IWCN is celebrating its 9th anniversary! For the past nine years, the IWCN has been a staple in the North and its home city of Groningen. For thousands of internationals, we’ve been a lifeline for settling in the North.

Reflecting on IWCN’s past nine years, we sat down Operations Manager Karen Prowse.

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News from the North

Asylum seekers can now work more than 24 weeks per year

The Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) can no longer impose a restriction allowing asylum seekers to work only for a maximum of 24 weeks per year when granting work permits. The imposition of this 24-week requirement impedes effective access for asylum seekers to the Dutch labor market. The Council of State‘s Administrative Jurisdiction Division has […]

Nuclear energy: A tale of two provinces

The topic of nuclear energy in the Netherlands is a source of intense debate. With the government’s goal to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 and amplify the use of renewable energy sources, the consideration of nuclear power as a potential option to cut greenhouse gas emissions and ensure energy security remains contentious. But […]

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Feel at home in the North in just a few steps

We understand there are many things to take care of when getting settled in a new country.

That’s why it’s our mission to provide a welcoming space where you can take care of everything at one convenient location.


Years of experience


Great provinces


Internationals helped

We helped 35,000+ international people

“I have lived in several countries (USA, Germany, Russia, Egypt) but I have to say that I have had the best experience at the Welcome Center in Groningen. Thank you again!”

Muhamed Amin
Saudi Arabia

“How happy it makes me to learn that the flowers got there and that they brightened up everyone’s day! This was my goal.
You guys work hard, and I wanted to make sure you guys know that your work is meaningful and very well appreciated in the city.”

Kervin Zamora

“I would recommend the IWCN for new Internationals, who would like help finding their feet, but also for those who have been in the Northern Netherlands, as the information on offer is very extensive!”

Siddharta Omar

“The idea to have such an office to welcome foreigners is a formidable one and this is a good tangible result. I wish there had been such an office, and people like you, 13 years ago when we arrived. It would probably have made our lives so much better, especially the first years!”

Valerio Cugia

Founders and Supporters of IWCN

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