Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:19
Over 16k seek asylum here; more than 2013
The number of new asylum seekers in The Netherlands is higher than last year, state secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice writes to Parliament. Press service Novum reports. Most of these asylum seekers come from Syria, which form more than half of new applicants. Over the past year, the number of Syrian refugees asking for asylum was 33 percent. Other refugees come from Eritreat (19 percent) and Somalia (nine percent). The flood of asylum seekers coming into The Netherlands will not slow down, then. In May, Teeven already sounded the alarm when the flood went from 1000 per month to that same number in just one week, leaving centers bursting at the seams to house these people fleeing from their countries. This year, more asylum seekers have come into The Netherlands than ever before. The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) is constantly looking for new locations to house the refugees.