Thursday, 3 April 2014 - 08:24
Iraqis squat on A'dam square
A group of Iraqis who have been denied asylum in The Netherlands are squatting in front of the doors of the refugee organization VluchtelingenWerk Nederland on the Surinameplein in Amsterdam. The ten Iraqis are demanding talks withe state secretary Fred Teeven, of Security and Justice. They are not leaving until a solution can be found for their situation. The group has been squatting, sleeping in sleeping bags on the Surinameplein since Tuesday night. They have been ordered to return to Iraq, as the asylum procedures they have been going through have been fruitless. They find asylum policy in The Netherlands too random. According to the municipality of Amsterdam, the police is not going to forcibly remove the squatters, and they may stay in front of the doors of VluchtelingenWerk Nederland for now. More than 100 asylum seekers squatted in various places in Amsterdam last year, such as at the Vluchtkerk. The Iraqis make up a part of these asylum seekers.