refugees

Jan 17 '17 08:57

50Plus leader Henk Krol will not rule out working with Geert Wilders and his PVV in a next government, he wrote in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant. That makes the 50Plus one of

Jan 16 '17 16:15

In 2016 the Netherlands received a total of 31,642 asylum applications, according to figures from the immigration and naturalization service IND. That is nearly half lower than the 58,900 applications received in 2015, NOS reports. 

Tharukshan Selvam
Jan 12 '17 10:04

The Heerlen police arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College's director, teachers and students received threats in response to the on Sunday, AD reports.

Dec 30 '16 09:38

The improving economy and falling unemployment have the Dutch population generally feeling less pessimistic about the future of the Netherlands. The majority of the population is still negative, however, according to a quarterly survey by social and cultural planning office SCP, ANP reports. 

Asylum seekers
Dec 16 '16 11:30

The Dutch government is doing too little to help refugees find work, according to the social economic council SER in a report released on Friday, ANP reports.

The SER is an advisory body of employers, trade unions and independent experts.

Refugees who were granted asylum in the Netherlands since 2013 have to pay for their integration course themselves. According to the SER, this is a big problem. Only 10 percent of people who received refugee status last year found a job relatively quickly, according to figures from the municipalities. The rest have to live on welfare. 

Nov 28 '16 14:45

The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA is cutting 1,300 of its total 4 thousand jobs, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced on Monday. This mostly affects people who are working for the COA on a temporary contracts, NU.nl reports

The COA needs to cut jobs due to the decrease in the number of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. Over the past years the number of COA employees were increased to deal with an influx, but that is no longer necessary. The people who have to leave were already informed.

Nov 18 '16 09:30

Asylum seekers who have a good chance of getting refugee status in the Netherlands, will from now on start language lessons almost immediately. Syrian- and Eritrean asylum seekers in particular will benefit from this new policy, PvdA Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs announced, the Telegraaf reports.

Nov 16 '16 08:25

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice decided to scrap the bonus offered to undocumented Moroccans and Algerians if they leave the Netherlands voluntarily, he announced on Tuesday, ANP reports.

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Nov 10 '16 08:34

Rotterdam alderman Ronald Schneider was insulted and attacked by residents of the Hoogvliet neighborhood after a meeting about accommodating refugees in the area on Wednesday night, NU.nl reports

The municipality of Rotterdam wants to accommodate 12 refugees - asylum seekers with a residency permit - in Hoogvliet. These are men waiting for their families to arrive under the family reunification regulation. According to the plan, they will stay in the neighborhood for up to two years.

Oct 28 '16 10:56

From now on refugees in the Netherlands will as far as possible be housed in a municipality where there is work that suits them, Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs and Employment announced in a letter to parliament. Up until now refugees were distributed more or less randomly, the Telegraaf reports.

Oct 18 '16 10:10

There was a slight increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands last month compared to August, according to Statistics Netherlands. The number has been slowly increasing since April.

Oct 5 '16 10:17

The municipality of Amsterdam is concerned about its Eritrean residents, calling them a "vulnerable group that needs extra attention and guidance to make a good start in the Netherlands". Most Eritreans in Amsterdam are poorly integrated and struggle with health problems and debt

Sep 28 '16 11:15

On September 1st a total of 64 thousand Syrian people were registered as a resident of a Dutch municipality, Statistics Netherlands said on Wednesday. Most of them were part of the massive influx of asylum seekers in 2014 and 2015.

Sep 19 '16 15:00

The PvdA and GroenLinks are presenting a legislative proposal to the Council of State on Monday which would give child asylum seekers quicker access to residency permits, PvdA parliamentarian Attje Kuiken and GroenLinks MP Linda Voortman said in the Volkskrant.

Sep 14 '16 12:20

The number of people without a nationality - so-called stateless people - in the Netherlands increased significantly over the past years. In 2012 the Netherlands counted about 2 thousand stateless people, now there are about 5 thousand. UN refugee agency UNHCR thinks the actual number is closer to 10 thousand

Sep 8 '16 16:50

Opposition parties D66, SP, ChristenUnie and GroenLinks are calling on the government to take in 750 unaccompanied refugee children as soon as possible

Sep 8 '16 08:01

The plans for more than half of new asylum centers in the Netherlands may be cancelled, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities that had asylum centers planned. The reason for this is the massive decrease in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands.

Sep 7 '16 09:21

GroenLinks will focus on an ambitious climate policy, stopping tax evasion by large multinationals and getting rid of the existing inequality in the Netherlands, party leader Jesse Klaver promised in his party's election campaign presented in a packed Melkweg in Amsterdam on Tuesday night, NRC reports.

Aug 31 '16 10:11

The number of welfare recipients rose again in the second quarter of 2016. At the end of June a total of 463 thousand people in the Netherlands below retirement age were on welfare, 21 thousand more than the year before, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.

Aug 30 '16 09:08

A Rwandan man deported from the Netherlands last year after suspicions of his involvement in genocide were revealed, is demanding that he be let back into the Netherlands as soon as possible. The court in The Hague is examining his case today

Aug 26 '16 07:39

Geert Wilders' PVV released their election campaign and it is only one page long with eleven points. The first point, and most expansive one too, is the "de-Islamization" of the Netherlands.

Aug 23 '16 09:54

Last year the number of children growing up in families on welfare benefits increased from 223 thousand to 226 thousand, an increase of 1.3 percent, according to Statistics Netherlands. The statistics office attributes the increase mainly to Syrian refugees now living in the country.

Aug 15 '16 13:00

In the coming years the Dutch government will be giving more refugees the opportunity to do volunteer work in the country with the aim of helping them with their integration, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Saturday. Minister Lodewijk Asscher made a million euros available to create about 14 thousand volunteer jobs

Aug 5 '16 10:04

A couple who survived a terrorist attack on a Tunisian beach last year, will not get four Syrian refugees as neighbors to their home on Sternlaan in Vlijmen, Mayor Jan Hamming decided after speaking to the couple

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