Wednesday, 8 October 2014 - 19:37
Asylum seekers face extreme bureaucracy: Report
According to the Utrecht city council the Central Agency for the reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) provides sloppy data of asylum seekers who are entitled to housing. The data is often so incomplete that the municipality can't assign housing. The result is that these asylum seekers have to wait much longer than the permitted period of three and a half months for a place to stay. This the Utrecht city council said in answer to questions from the PvdA and GroenLinks in the city. In Utrecht the waiting period for asylum seekers and their families has increased to about six months. The COA reports that so far 111 people have applied for asylum in Uthrecht. According to the city council, 70 percent of the applications were incomplete. The COA rejects the criticism and says that it is up to municipalities to arrange the complete delivery of data. "But a lot of the necessary information the municipalities themselves must provide, that we can not do." The four large cities reproached the COA on the process. According to the COA this is not true. The Agency says that it was jointly decided to make changes in the information system so that housing can be concluded sooner.