An Armenian mother was deported from the Netherlands on Monday without her children Howick (12) and Lily (11). The family lived in the Netherlands for nine years. According to children's rights organization Defense for Children, this is the first time ever that a mother was deported without her kids. "Horrible", the organization said, according to RTL Nieuws.
Dutch harbors with ferries to England are increasingly faced with Albanians trying to secretly cross to the United Kingdom, according to the Volkskrant. Over the past few months, hundreds of Albanian stowaways were caught in IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland, Europoort and Vlissingen.
While the number of caught stowaways is comparable to last year - 440 in the first half of this year - the proportion of Albanians among them is increasing steadily, especially in Hoek van Holland and Europoort. In those two ports 92 percent of the caught stowaways were Albanian.
Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.
Discussions between the government and municipalities on shelter and provisions for failed asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants failed. No agreement could be reached, State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced on Monday, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands is sending 450 asylum seekers back to Germany, the Volkskrant reports based on a document from the German Ministry of Migration and Refugees. This is being done based on the Dublin Regulation, which states that asylum seekers must complete the asylum process in the country they first registered for asylum.
Dutch municipalities are worried that 90 percent of refugees given residency permits in the past years will not be able to find work, according to a survey by Kennisplatform Integratie & Sameleving
Thirteen year old Tri Pam is facing deportation to Vietnam after living in the Netherlands all his life. State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice announced his deportation in a letter to the mayor of Wageningen, where Tri Pam lives
In response to the mass sexual assaults in Cologne over New Year's, the PVV plans to hand out "resistance spray" to women so that they can protect themselves from attacks by "Islamic testosterone bombs". The spray contains a dye that will stain an attacker's skin and clothing. It is a legal alternative to banned pepper spray, ANP reports.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg Tuesday gave the Netherlands permission to deport five Afghan men living in the Netherlands for at least the past 15 years.
Speaking out about the mass sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, Dutch Justice secretary Klaas Dijkhoff said the suspected assailants are definitely “not real men,” he told broadcaster NOS.
Police in Germany arrested three people including a 14-year-old Syrian boy seeking asylum in the Netherlands on suspicion of sexual assault. The accusation stems from an alleged New Year’s Eve attack on two girls, aged 14 and 15, newswire ANP reported on Thursday.
Congolese refugee Christian Gandu will not be deported after all. The Immigration and Naturalization Service revoked their decision and granted him a residency permit, his club Magreb'90 announced on Thursday.
A 36 year old Hungarian truck driver was arrested in Venlo on Tuesday after seven Iraqi stowaways was found hiding in his truck, the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force working as part of the military - announced on Wednesday.
People in the Netherlands reported 4,092 cases of racism, extremism and anti-Semitism to the police in all of 2014, an increase of 26 percent compared to a year earlier. Though total incidents fell by over four percent, racial abuse cases jumped by 26 percent to 2,764.
On Thursday the European Parliament called on EU member states to give infamous American whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum as a defender of international human rights. The vote on this issue split the Dutch Euro Parliamentarians almost right down the middle.
Concerns of violence around a debate on the housing of asylum seekers in Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant prompted local mayor Joseph Vos to order strict security measures to prevent rioting. Police will search anyone entering the area surrounding the community center meeting location for any item that may be used as a weapon, as well as balaclavas, masks and alcohol.
A suspicious package found at an asylum reception center on Friday turned out to be a false alarm. Graffiti with anti-refugee messages has shown up on other asylum facilities around the Netherlands.
“Countires that do not take back failed asylum seekers should be dealt with harshly” are the sentiments of Justice Secretary Dijkhoff when he spoke to European leaders in Luxemburg on Thursday regarding the maintenance of relations amung European nations, reported NOS. The Justice Secretary has called on economic sanctions against countries who withdraw their aid from the current refugee crisis.
Former asylum seeker Kiza Magendane is fed up with the anti-Islam PVV party's attacks on refugees and has launched his own registry for complaints about the PVV and its vociferous leader, Geert Wilders. The hotline was launched in response to a similar service announced by Wilders Wednesday for the public to complain about “nuisance” caused by asylum seekers.
Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur was upset by the behaviour of villagers in Oranje, Drenthe who blocked Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car, and tried to prevent buses of refugees from entering the town. Dijkhoff was in the town of 140 people Tuesday night to discuss plans to double the number of asylum seekers there from 700 to 1,400.
The call for volunteers by the Red Cross in mid-September to aid with refugees across the Netherlands has been heard and answered by more than 20 thousand people. At that time, the Red Cross had access to 6,500 volunteers for assisting in asylum seeker-related issues, but now the total is over 27 thousand.
Senate has pushed for an amendment to the bill regulating the recognition of foreign marriages to young girls in the Netherlands as a priority this past Tuesday. The new law not only regulates the prevention of child brides from abroad, it also aims to limit marriages between first cousins.
Angry residents of the small Drench village, Orange, tried to block the departing car of Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff. Dijkhoff had just ended a closed door, town hall meeting with residents about the upcoming arrival of 700 asylum seekers, broadcaster NOS reported.
Anti-Islam PVV party leader Geert Wilders said his party is setting up a website and email address specifically to collect complaints from local residents regarding allegations of "nuisance" caused by asylum seekers, reported the party’s website. The party claims this is due to increased violence in and amongst refugee centers across the Netherlands.