A Stena Line ferry (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Pplecke) - Credit: A Stena Line ferry (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Pplecke)
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:26
Military steps up security to stop undocumented migrants
The marechaussee, military police, is stepping up security near the borders in an attempt to stop undocumented migration. More and more migrants are trying to get to England via the Netherlands by hiding in containers and trucks. The Cabinet has therefore decided to intensify the security measures. These measures include additional checks on refugees and more intensive mobile surveillance, the Volkskrant reports. In this the marechaussee will be working with the police, British customs and the transport sector. A total of 220 stowaways have been discovered since the start of this year. That is more than double the number that was found throughout the whole of 2014. Recently the British police found 68 stowaways, including 15 children and 2 pregnant woman, hiding in four trucks that had been transported on a ferry from Hoek van Holland. Migrants that are caught can apply for asylum in the Netherlands at the application center in Ter Apel, Groningen. Those who refuse to do so will have to leave the Netherlands.