As the new Dutch government prepares to present its government agreement, more and more of the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie's plans are leaking to the press. On Monday we've learned that the new government plans more changes to the asylum policy and is giving more money to security.
The municipality of Amsterdam calls on the Dutch government to admonish Russia about camps in Chechnya in which homosexual men are being locked up, alderman Eric van der Burg said at a protest against these camps at the gay monument in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. Amsterdam also wants State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice to change the asylum policy for Chechen LGBT men, ANP reports.
Over the past two years State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff gave 240 failed asylum seekers a residency permit and refugee status in the Netherlands after personally considering their cases, the Telegraaf reports based on figures it obtained.
Edith Schippers, who is leading the coalition negotiations for the new Dutch government, hopes that the new government will be in place by summer, she said on Wednesday following the first formal coalition negotiations between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks. If this succeeds, it means that the new government can prepare the budget for 2018, ANP reports.
After talking with all 13 elected party leaders on Monday, "coalition scout" Edith Schippers will be meeting with the leaders of the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks today to discuss a possible coalition, RTL Nieuws reports.
GroenLinks and the PvdA want more attention paid to the interest of child asylum seekers in the asylum process. They believe that the interest of a child should outweigh the Netherlands' stance on the asylum process and plan to submit a legislative proposal to ensure this by the summer
A massive 54 counter-protesters were arrested during a Pegida rally in The Hague on Sunday. The anti-Islam movement was protesting against the Netherlands' asylum policy.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan gave the go-ahead for anti-Islam movement Pegida to protest in the capital on Saturday. So far no counter-demonstration application was received, but according to the municipality, there are "concrete indications" that Pegida opponents will again try to disrupt the demonstration.
European countries, including the Netherlands, are losing sight of protecting international human rights in the wake of the refugee crisis and the rise of terrorist organization ISIS, according to Amnesty International's annual report
The Netherlands' asylum policy is one of the strictest in the European Union. In only five other European countries asylum seekers have less chance of getting refugee status than in the Netherlands, according to a study done by the WODC, Justice Ministry's scientific research and documentation center
The PvdA has agreed with coalition partner VVD's proposal to no longer give recognized refugees priority in the distribution of social housing, on the condition that enough container homes are built to encourage the flow through asylum centers. The coalition has also adjusted their wording for the approach - the Netherlands is getting a "sober and fair" asylum policy.
There is room for improvement in the deportation of failed asylum seekers in the Netherlands, according to the National Ombudsman. He finds that in general much is being done to ensure that deportation happens carefully, but medical care and the sharing of personal information can definitely improve.
The United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination has released its report on discrimination in the Netherlands following the meeting with the Dutch delegation in Venice last week. The committee highlighted a number of concerns made recommendations regarding, among other things, Zwarte Piet, ethnic profiling by the police, racist statements made by politicians, antisemitic chants during football games, the asylum policy and ethnic bullying in schools.
The Council of Europe has chastised the Netherlands. According to the council, the government must also see to the needs of failed asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants.
The Dutch deportation policy of rejected asylum seekers is malfunctioning, according to the Commission for Integrated Monitoring Return (CITT) in the yearly report from 2013, De Telegraaf reports.
The SP and GroenLinks are very dubious about State Secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven's humanity in the implementation of the asylum policy. The parties want an independent investigation to be conducted into the suicide of an Armenian asylum seeker in April. For this, they want to submit a motion next week.
Families seeking asylum with young children, or single minors seeking asylum in the Netherlands will no longer be locked up in jail. State secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven, has told Parliament that he is going to come with a new location.
All the 100 children who are now in danger of falling outside the child asylum law, will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands. The current demands for the child pardon are not going to be amended in future, however, as this would cause more borderline cases to arise.