A Rwandan man deported from the Netherlands last year after suspicions of his involvement in genocide were revealed, is demanding that he be let back into the Netherlands as soon as possible. The court in The Hague is examining his case today
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold wants the next government to address inequality in society, he wrote in the foreword of his party's 232 page election program, which he presented on Friday. According to him, it is time to invest in "equal chances", NU.nl reports.
The home of the director of the Repatriation and Departure Service in The Hague was vandalized during the course of Thursday night. An activist group called 'Sloop de deportatiemachine', or Scrap the deportation machine in English, took responsibility for the act
Geert Wilders' PVV released their election campaign and it is only one page long with eleven points. The first point, and most expansive one too, is the "de-Islamization" of the Netherlands.
In the coming years the Dutch government will be giving more refugees the opportunity to do volunteer work in the country with the aim of helping them with their integration, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Saturday. Minister Lodewijk Asscher made a million euros available to create about 14 thousand volunteer jobs
The first 25 asylum seekers moved into former prison Bijlmerbajes on Wenchkebachweg in Amsterdam on Monday
The agreement between Turkey and the European Union on the reception of asylum seekers, which Prime Minister Mark Rutte pushed for earlier this year, "will not be possible" if the EU does not comply with the promised visa exemption for Turks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said to French media on Monday
In a massive turnaround from the desperate search for asylum centers last year, the COA is now actually closing a number of emergency shelters. The biggest rush of asylum seekers seems to be over for now, COA chairman Gerard Bakker said
Neighborhood watch militia Soldiers of Odin was not responsible for assaulting an asylum seeker found injured in Winschoten last weekend, the police, Public Prosecutor and the municipality of Oldambt said in a joint statement
Right-wing neighborhood watch group Soldiers of Odin (SOO) announced on Facebook that the turned a criminal asylum seeker over to the police in Groningen on Sunday. The police responded to a report and found a beaten up man at the scene. So far no arrests were made.
Dutch people are donating more and more to aid for asylum seekers. Last year 7.5 million euros were raised, compared to 3.5 million the year before. Donations average around 111 euros per donations, compared to 70 euros a year before. The number of people donating to asylum seeker and refugee organizations is also increasing, Trouw reported on Thursday.
The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands remains unchanged, according to the National Coordinator for Terrorism and Security Dick Schoof in his periodic Terrorist Threat Assessment Netherlands. There is still a "real" chance of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, but no concrete evidence that an attack is planned
From next month almost all asylum centers in the Netherlands will have a counselor to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living their. These counselors will start on August 1st, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA said to the Volkskrant.
Since November 2015, about 400 Syrian and Iraqi refugees have stated that they wish to leave the Netherlands. The majority of these refugees have still not started the asylum procedure, according to a report by BNR based on statistics from the repatriation and departure service in the Netherlands.
The arrival of asylum seekers and immigration in general are still the greatest issues in the Netherlands by far, according to the Social and Cultural Planning Office's quarterly report. Opinions on the matter are very divided - a large group point to the negatives of asylum seekers in the country, and another large group is alarmed by the other's attitude
Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel rescued another 175 asylum seekers in the Mediterranean sea. All of them were dropped off on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday morning
The court in Breda acquitted a 26-year-old man suspected of forcing at least one asylum seeker into prostitution. According to the court, there is not enough evidence to prove that the woman, a resident of the asylum center in Gilze, was forced
There are serious flaws in Europe's policy in admitting asylum seekers and it is the police forces that suffer from it, according to the European Police Union (EPU). Police forces in the Netherlands, Balkans and Germany are understaffed and ill-equipped to process and screen the large number of asylum seekers flowing through the EU, the union concludes in a survey of police officers
The PvdA will be submitting a proposal in parliament on Tuesday demanding a fairer implementation of the children's pardon, PvdA leader Diederik Samsom said on Monday
The D66 is calling on the government to make 75 million euros available to quickly teach asylum seekers the Dutch language, party leader Alexander Pechtold said on the television program Buitenhof on Sunday
The number of asylum seekers that arrived in the Netherlands last month dropped by half compared to May 2015. About a quarter of these asylum seekers came from Syria, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Monday.
Dutch navy frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel rescued another group of asylum seekers on the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday, commander Rob Verkerk reports on Twitter.
Weert Mayor Jos Heijmans will not be punished for hiding a Syrian mother and her four children so that they would not be sent back to Germany, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs wrote in a letter to parliament
Dutch navy frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel rescued 193 asylum seekers on the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday. The Dutch frigate is taking part in operation Triton of European border agency Frontex.