Asylum seekers protest poor tent camp conditions
Some one hundred asylum seekers protested in Nijmegen on Thursday against the poor living conditions in the Heumensoord tent camp shelter, broadcaster NOS reports.
The group of asylum seekers protested about the food, lack of privacy and poor hygiene in the camp. They are also are upset with the Immigration and Naturalization Service about the way their asylum procedure is progressing. They are particularly dissatisfied about the uncertainty on how long it will take, according to the broadcaster.
"We are human", the asylum seekers chanted as they marched through the city. They carried a banner reading "75 days squeezed in tent. No procedures".
A total of about 3 thousand people are living in the temporary tent camp. Two months ago Neptunus, one of the leading tent manufacturers in the Netherlands, stated that the tents in the camp are not suitable to live in, especially not in the winter months. The central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA claims the tent camp is "sober, but humane".